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Junior Olympics swimmers compete at Aquatic Center this week

Participating pools closed for duration of event

Posted: July 27, 2009 5:15 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2009 5:15 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita will host the 2009 Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics at the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center from July 29 through Aug. 2.

The center will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, July 28, through Sunday, Aug. 2, for event preparation and accommodation. The center will reopen to the public on Monday, Aug. 3.

The five-day Junior Olympics event is expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors daily and will feature Long Course 50 Meter swimming competitions. All events will be hosted at the Aquatic Center.

Santa Clarita is co-hosting the event with the Canyons Aquatics Club, the local U.S. Club Swim Team. The city's 50-meter Olympic-sized pool is a popular location choice for the event for many reasons, including the fact that swimmers often break record swim times at events hosted at the facility.

"Each year, U.S. Swimming requires teams to bid to host the Junior Olympics event in their city and Santa Clarita's Canyons Aquatics Club has successfully applied and won the bid to host the event since 2005," said Santa Clarita Mayor Frank Ferry. "The city is pleased to partner with the Canyons Aquatics Club to provide the state-of-the-art facilities that make it possible to host the prestigious Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics event again in 2009."

U.S. Swimming continues to choose Santa Clarita and its Aquatic Center to host the Junior Olympics due to the center's competition-style pool, attentive lifeguard staff, expansive deck space, on-site food concessions and location convenient to both Highway 14 and Interstate 5 freeways as well as area hotels.

The Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics will kick off on Wednesday, July 29, at 7 a.m., and conclude on Sunday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m.

The Santa Clarita Aquatic Center is located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita 91350.


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