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May 23 19

Just 50 days to go to the FINA World Championships in Gwangju

by ZwemZa

The southern metropolitan city of Gwangju, South Korea, is gearing up to welcome the 18th edition of the FINA World Championships 2019 and the world’s best aquatic athletes.

The countdown to FINA’s signature event reaches 50 days to go today (May 23, 2019).

Under the theme “Dive into Peace,” the competition will run from July 12-28 in Gwangju, about 330 kilometers south of Seoul, while the town of Yeosu will host the open water swimming races at the Yeosu Expo Ocean Park.

Gwangju is the third Asian host city of this major event, after Japan’s Fukuoka in 2001 and China’s Shanghai in 2011.

The local organisers said preparations are well on track, with final touches being finalised.

The athletes will vie for 76 gold medals in six disciplines (swimming, diving, water polo, artistic swimming, open water swimming and high diving).

Gwangju previously hosted the 2015 Summer Universiade and received high marks for running a cost-effective competition. For the World Championships, the city plans to use the main pool constructed for the Universiade.

Sung Baik-You, Gwangju 2019 Organising Committee spokesman said to the Korean news agency Yonhap:

“This competition will open new horizons in swimming in the country,”

“We may not be a swimming powerhouse yet, but we’ll hopefully become one. After the World Championships, we hope there will be more swimming pools built across the nation and more people will take up the sport. And maybe some of them will develop into elite swimmers.”

Gwangju Organising Committee has prepared a series of cultural events and tour programmes for visitors for July and is working on a special bus route for foreign tourists to visit the city, which is known as a fine culinary destination.

For the duration of the World Championships, Gwangju will host traditional music concerts and dance festivals for athletes, officials and fan. The popular Daein Night Market will be up and running, while the Gwangju Fringe Festival, featuring art performances and exhibitions, will be in full swing.

Dive into Peace | Gwangju 2019 – FINA World Championships

FINA Communications Department

May 23 19

FINA and OC Gwangju 2019 appeal to DPR Korea participation

by ZwemZa

With 50 days to go for the Opening of the 18th FINA World Championships in Gwangju (KOR), FINA and the Organising Committee of the competition held today a Press Conference in the City Hall of the Korean metropolis, in order to underline the importance of DPR Korea (PRK) presence in the FINA showcase.

Up to now, athletes from PRK haven’t registered for the Championships and the Gwangju authorities, together with FINA, have issued a joint declaration (see full text at the bottom of the text) asking for the country to reconsider their position.

FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu briefed the media on the present situation: “At this stage, we don’t have a final decision on DPR Korea participation. We continue working with DPR Korea and all other National Federations to ensure their participation in Gwangju and consequent possibility of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Moreover, their attendance also gives our members access to our Development Programme tools. We have a normal relation with DPR Korea National Federation, and some of its divers were present in the last leg of the Diving World Series, some days ago in London. All channels remain open on this issue.

Mr Marculescu then recalled that there is an official deadline for registration, but FINA keeps exchanging correspondence with National Federations to guarantee their presence in the FINA showcase. “This is an ongoing process, and we are confident that over 190 nations will be present in Gwangju,” he concluded.

Leading the Gwangju team, the Mayor of the city Lee Yongsup considered that the competition in July will be a milestone for his city and for the entire Korean nation. Under the motto “Dive into Peace”, the event represents a strong commitment to peace in Korea.

As President of the Organising Committee, I would like to express the hope of 1.5 million citizens from the city of Gwangju. They are sincerely expecting for North Korea’s participation in the World Championships. North Korea presence is crucial for the success of this event as the motto of the competition is ‘Dive into Peace’. We would like to emphasise this message to the world. Last February, ministers from the two countries met with the IOC in Lausanne and this issue was discussed, but up to now we don’t have any answer from the North Korean side,” Mr Lee considered.

The 18th FINA World Championships, to be held from July 12-28, will be attended by athletes from over 190 nations. It will display a total of 76 medal events in the six aquatic disciplines – swimming, water polo, diving, open water swimming, artistic swimming and high diving.

The venues of the competition include the Nambu University Municipal Aquatic Centre, for Swimming and Diving, a facility that will have a 10’500-spectator capacity. Adjacent to this complex, the Nambu University football field will be transformed into the Water Polo location.

Artistic Swimming will be held in the Yeomju Gymnasium, normally a basketball arena that will incorporate two temporary pools for the needs of the competition.

The Chosun University football field will host the High Diving event, while Open Water action will take place at the Yeosu Expo Ocean Park, located 130km away from Gwangju.

The elite competition will be followed, from August 5-18, by the FINA World Masters Championships, the biggest FINA event in terms of athletes’ participation (around 8’000 will be in Korea).

The full text of the Joint Declaration is as follows:

“We respectfully request the North Korean team to take part in the upcoming FINA World Championships in Gwangju”

There are only 50 days remaining before the opening of the 18th FINA World Championships.

Gwangju, together with FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), is gearing up to offer a warm and heartfelt welcome to more than 15,000 participants from over 200 countries. We are putting our utmost effort to ensure flawless preparation of the Championships featuring venues, accommodation, transportation, safety measures, and cultural events in order to stage one of the best Championships ever in its history.

Our official slogan “Dive into Peace” moves us towards the World Championships.

We wish to demonstrate it to the world that sports can overcome the barriers of politics and ideology through the upcoming World Championships held in the only divided country in the world, and to prove the fact that communications and exchanges through sports is peace which also reflects one of the key pledges of our city.

We are only a few days away from June 12th, the deadline of the registration for the Championships, and we earnestly desire the North Korean team to participate.

The North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games opened the national reconciliation and the path towards peace in the peninsula wide, consequently led to the inter-Korean summit and the summit meeting between North Korea and the United States.

It is our hopes that we get together once again here in Gwangju as we did in the recent Olympic Games.

We sincerely hope that one of the commitment made in the Panmunjeom Declaration in which “the two sides agreed to demonstrate their collective wisdom, talents, and solidarity by jointly participating in international sports events” to be kept.

To note, 43 percent of the qualification in aquatics for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are available in the upcoming FINA World Championships. If both teams unify once again, it will open opportunities for us to participate in all events as the host nation.

It is a golden opportunity for us to reconcile and our athletes to unite together, and exhibit our spirit and show the peace on the peninsula to the world.

We would like to witness the outstanding performances of the North Korean athletes in Gwangju. 1.5 million Gwangju citizens, as well as the other South Koreans, are looking forward to cheering for the athletes together with the unified flag and seeing collaborations between the Korean artists on the stage.

The citizens of Gwangju and families and friends of the globe heartily hope the upcoming World Championships to be held in great success filled with peaceful waves.
In the hopes of delivering a Championships that will bring peace and unity to the world, we respectfully invite the North Korean team, cheering squad and performance groups to the festivity.

See you in Gwangju, the city of peace, on July 12th.

May 23, 2019

Dr. Julio MAGLIONE
President
FINA

Dr. LEE Yongsup
President
The 18th FINA World Championships Gwangju 2019
Mayor of Gwangju Metropolitan City

FINA Communications Department

May 23 19

‘Iron Lady’ Hosszu fired up by ISL battle

by ZwemZa

FILE PHOTO: Swimming – 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – Women’s Medley 200m Finals – Hangzhou, China – December 15, 2018. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary poses with a medal. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo – CopyrightAly Song(Reuters)

She was one of the stars of the Rio Olympics and is now leading a revolution in swimming but Hungarian triple gold medal winner Katinka Hosszu believes she has the energy to fight to win both inside and outside the po

In an interview with Reuters, Hosszu said swimmers have had enough of the sport appearing on the global stage just once every four years at the Olympics and believes the time is right for a radical new approach.

“If we want to be professionals then we have to be professional,” said Hosszu, after arriving for her interview in a sponsored sports car, wearing a business suit.

Hosszu, 30, has put herself at the forefront of the new International Swimming League (ISL) and it’s battle with the sport’s governing body FINA.

The ISL, backed by Ukrainian energy businessman Konstantin Grigorishin, will start in October and feature eight teams from Europe and the U.S with matches on both sides of the Atlantic.

The new league tried to hold an event last year in Turin but that was cancelled after FINA said it was “non-approved”.

Following legal action in December from ISL and a group of swimmers including Hosszu, FINA acknowledged in January that athletes were free to compete in events staged by independent organisers.

“It was very interesting how it unfolded, ISL never wanted to be aggressive with FINA, we don’t want to take FINA’s place, ISL wants to create something new, to be in a parallel universe with FINA and they didn’t allow ISL — they didn’t have the right to do that. But at the end of the day, they settled and ISL can start,” Hosszu said.

Hosszu, also owner of the ‘Team Iron’ squad, a role she is relishing.

“I am recruiting swimmers now, it is super-exciting because I am in the pool but I am also talking to swimmers, as a club owner,” she said.

Hosszu, nicknamed the ‘Iron Lady’, said FINA had failed to develop the sport in a way that allowed swimmers to maximise their earning potential and branding opportunities.

“Before it was simply FINA decided and that was that. FINA was the one that had all the control and we just did what was available to us,” she said.

“We want to change the fact that we are only seen worldwide during the Olympics. We don’t only want to be looked at as swimmers without a personality just with a flag on the cap.

“Cap and goggles and where you are from – that is all you get. It can’t be that exciting to watch if you don’t know the person.

“That is what we are also really trying to do with ISL – create content, show behind the scenes, we are creating a season, its not just one race,” she said.

CONSTANT PRESENCE

The long-term aim, says Hosszu, is for swimming to have a constant presence that allows competitors to build global profiles similar to those enjoyed by other sports.

“The IOC (International Olympic Committee) probably wouldn’t like me saying this, but (the aim is) becoming such a professional league and generating so much money and viewership that the Olympics will be one of the swim meets, like for basketball and tennis. That’s my vision.”

With so much business to attend to, the question arises as to whether Hosszu can find the motivation to continue competing at the highest level.

She has no doubts.

“For me, the better I am in the pool, the louder my voice sounds and I can use that. For me it just gives so much motivation,” she said.

“Rio it was a very personal, goal of me breaking the world record and winning the golds and declaring that I am the best and showing myself that I did it.

“I want the sport to change. When I get out of the pool for good, I want to look back and say, that was really cool because changes happened because of me,” she said.

Not that she has retirement on her mind.

“I have a limited time in swimming but I am not saying that it is going to be Tokyo. I am already thinking about 2024,” she said.

Amid the business projects, legal cases and her own training, Hosszu has also had to deal with the split with American ex-husband and coach Shane Tusup.

“Going through a divorce is already hard. Going through it with a business partner and a coach where everything is built up, our work together, that is definitely tough and it was a hard time last year.” she said.

Hosszu has hired former Switzerland team coach Arpad Petrov.

“I feel better than before. It is true when they say that hard times make you tougher and that you can deal with anything that comes your way,” she said.

Simon Evans | Reuters

May 23 19

Former Olympic swim star Michael Phelps receives Ruderman Award for honesty on mental health, helping others

by ZwemZa

The Ruderman Family Foundation honored Michael Phelps with the MER Award for his work in bringing attention to mental health problems. (Photo by Cindy M. Loo)

While swimming to Olympic glory, Michael Phelps found comfort in the pool and quite a bit of angst out of it.

His bout with depression reached its nadir in 2014 after a second DUI arrest. That’s when the most decorated Olympian of all time checked himself into a rehabilitative center in a desperate effort to make sense of it all.

“When I was in my room and not wanting to talk to anybody for a number of days and not wanting to be alive, I wanted to see what other roads I could take to see if there was help,” Phelps recalled.

The treatment he received — and continues to receive — charted his post-Olympic course.

“I know it’s something that changed my life and saved my life and allowed me to be able to be where I am today, enjoying the platform of talking about something that’s so important,” Phelps told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

Because he is willing to share his story of depression and raise awareness of mental health problems, Phelps was given the fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion on Tuesday night in Boston.

After participating in four Olympic Games and collecting 28 medals, including 23 gold, Phelps has dedicated his time and energy to promoting the importance of water safety and advocating for the destigmatization of mental health problems through the Michael Phelps Foundation.

“When I first really opened up about the struggles that I had in ’15, obviously I dreamed of being able to get more publicity to this and to really share my journey and have other people share their journeys with me as well,” Phelps said. “Honestly, I never thought it would be as big as this, but it’s been a true dream to be able to watch the growth that mental health has taken, almost being at center stage.”

To say this endeavor has been fulfilling is an understatement.

The 33-year-old Phelps believes his bout with depression is a story that many can share, including CEOs and other retired athletes. After accomplishing every goal he set for himself, what was left to do?

“Probably my first real depression spell was after 2004, then the next big one was after 2008,” he said. “When you set out to be an Olympian, your whole life is put on hold. All the eggs are in one basket. I would say 2004, 2008, 2012, partly after ’16 [all Olympic years] I’ve dealt with pretty severe depression spells. I was kind of lost at that point.”

The Baltimore native is in a far better frame of mind now.

“To have my wife [Nicole Johnson], who’s always by my side, two amazing little boys at home and a third one on the way, I’m extremely thankful of the support I’ve had to get me through these times,” Phelps said.

“Michael Phelps is a unique leader who has used his fame and status as the greatest swimmer of all time to challenge our society to remove stigma surrounding mental health,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

“For me, this award means everything because this is where my passion is and the next chapter of my life is really heading,” Phelps said. “We’re kind of scratching the surface of what can be done, and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey and accomplishing some of the goals that I have — destigmatizing mental health and just getting the point across that it’s OK to not be OK.”

May 22 19

LEN Open Water Cup – Leg 2, preview

by ZwemZa

Aurélie Muller (Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia)

Giant fields, more than 200 swimmers at the start

Just as in last year, the second leg of the LEN Open Water Cup in France will turn into a mass event for the pros. Brive La Gaillarde will see 118 men and 96 women lining up for the start of the two races.

Though the majority of the entrants will represent host France but more than 20 other nations sent its respective swimmers for the meet. Though it’s a LEN sanctioned event, it’s still open for all continent and athletes indeed flooded Brive from all corners of the world including Australia, Canada, Senegal and Tunisia just to name a few of the participating NFs outside from Europe.

The Old Continent’s powerhouses will also be present as usual, the most interesting clash is foreseen in the women’s event between two greats of open water swimming, world champion Aurelie Muller of France and Olympic champion Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands.

The men’s event will see a great in-house battle of the best French swimmers with world champion Marc-Antoine Olivier in the focus of the action.

The men’s race starts at 10.00 while the women’s event starts at 15.30.

LEN Open Water Cup – Schedule

Leg 1 – Eilat (ISR) – 31 March

Leg 2 – Brive La Gaillarde (FRA) – 23 May

Leg 3 – Barcelona (ESP) – 29 June

Leg 4 – Ohrid (MKD) – 18 August

Leg 5 – Copenhagen (DEN, 6km) – 31 August

May 22 19

IOC group proposes Olympic ‘host’ can be multiple countries

by ZwemZa

International Olympic Committee members will decide next month whether to tweak the definition of an Olympic host to make it clear that it does not necessarily refer to a single city but can also mean multiple cities, regions and even countries, IOC President Thomas Bachsaid Wednesday.

“It’s not an encouragement to spread the Games out as much as possible,” Bach said in announcing the IOC’s executive board approved the measure. “It may be preferable to have a region as a signatory or an additional signatory of the host city contract rather than just a city, and therefore, we wanted to enjoy this flexibility. This, on the other hand, does not change our vision, our request and our focus on having not only an Olympic Village, but to have an Olympic center.”

It’s one of six proposed changes by a working group chaired by Australian IOC member John Coates to examine the bid process. Another is to make the timing of Olympic host city elections more flexible. Typically, hosts are elected seven years before the Games, though two years ago an exception was made in the double awarding of the 2024 and 2028 Games to Paris and Los Angeles.

Bach repeated that the proposals are “to avoid producing too many losers as we had it in the past candidature procedures.”

The IOC previously said in 2014, in announcing Agenda 2020, that it “will allow events held outside the host city or, in exceptional cases, outside the host country, notably for reasons of geography and sustainability.”

This shift manifests in Stockholm’s 2026 Winter Olympic bid plan to have sliding sports in Sigulda, Latvia, home of the nearest existing track for bobsled, luge and skeleton, rather than building a costly new track in Sweden.

IOC members will vote to choose the 2026 Winter Games host next month. The finalists are Stockholm and a joint Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, after five other potential candidates were dropped for various reasons.

There is precedent for events held far from the Olympic host city. In 1956, Melbourne held the Summer Games and had equestrian events in Stockholm due to quarantine laws in Australia. Similarly, equestrian at the 2008 Beijing Games was held in Hong Kong.

Soccer matches are often held in cities across the host country. Recent Winter Olympics have had mountain events in a different city or area than arena events.

Nick Zaccardi | NBC Sport

May 22 19

Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte announces her retirement

by ZwemZa

Ruta Meilutyte

Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte announced her retirement on Wednesday at the age of 22 after missing three doping tests, ending a career in which she became Olympic and world champion.

Lithuania’s swimming federation said earlier this month that Meilutyte faced a suspension of up to two years for missing three drug tests, meaning she would be ruled out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The swimmer took full responsibility for missing all tests,” the federation said, adding that Meilutyte had failed to properly inform international anti-doping authorities about her whereabouts.

Lithuania’s anti-doping chief Kristina Jagminiene described it as an “unfortunate mistake”.

Meilutyte, who has never failed a doping test, was a star of the 2012 London Games, where as a 15-year-old she won the 100 metres breaststroke event.

She also won the gold at the world championships in Barcelona a year later.

“I am ready to start a new chapter of my life. Thank you all who supported me on this road”, she said in a statement.

Meilutyte said she wanted to return to her studies and “experience simple things, to grow, to better understand myself and the world”.

Last year, Meilutyte admitted she was suffering from depression.

During her swimming career, she won 20 gold medals in top international competitions, according to Lithuania’s swimming federation.

Her last event was the World Championships in China last December where she failed to qualify for the finals.

AFP

May 22 19

How a sixth-grade science teacher revolutionized Olympic swimming

by ZwemZa
May 22 19

International Swimming League features Australian talent

by ZwemZa

Focused: Kyle Chalmers walks onto the pool deck before winning the men’s 100m freestyle final in Rio.
Photo: AAP

The new professional league for elite swimming will launch in October with meets in seven US and European cities, ending with a championship in a temporary pool in Las Vegas.

The International Swimming League, which will feature Australians including Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell plus Emma McKeon, announced their schedule on Tuesday.

The season begins October 4-5 in Indianapolis, followed by meets October 12-13 in Naples, Italy; October 18-19 in Lewisville, Texas; October 26-27 in Budapest; November 15-16 in College Park, Maryland; and November 23-24 in London at the site of the 2012 Olympics.

The championship will be December 19-20 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s 12,000-seat arena in Las Vegas.

The ISL says it has signed more than 200 of the world’s elite swimmers, including Americans Katie Ledecky, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel and Ryan Murphy and Briton Adam Peaty.

A huge pay day awaits the competitors with billionaire backer Konstantin Grigorishin promising big money prize money after investing almost $A32 million into the competition’s inaugural competition that will start in October.

FINA reportedly initially threatened to ban any competitor who contested the ISL but the world body has since publicly clarified it would not block athletes to end a stand-off with angry swimmers.

FINA will launch their invitation-only, $A5.5 million CSS – which they have described as the “richest swimming event in history” – in Guangzhou, China next month with a May leg in Budapest and an Indianapolis round that will be completed by June 1.

The CSS clashes with Australia’s national championships to be held in Adelaide from April 7-12 and the world titles selection trials in Brisbane from June 9-14.

vision.org.au

May 21 19

International Swimming League announces cities and venues

by ZwemZa

Cate & Bronte (NSW Swimming)

Olympic gold medalists and champion swimmers across the globe will hit the water sprinting this October in the International Swimming League’s (ISL) inaugural season, which will take place in seven cities across the U.S. and Europe. The season will culminate in December at a custom-built pool in the heart of Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

In April, champion swimmers Katie Ledecky, Adam Peaty, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Murphy, and Simone Manuel announced their involvement as official ambassadors of the league.

Having signed more than 200 of the world’s best swimmers, ISL is shaking up the sport with a dynamic, fast-paced team-competition format. The goal of ISL is to offer athletes more opportunities to swim competitively outside of the Olympic games, as well as financial support and year-round recognition.

Speaking on behalf of the league, Jason Lezak, General Manager of Cali Condors, says, “We are thrilled to introduce professional swimming to a new generation of sports fans, bringing them face to face with these incredible competitors.”

The matches will be held at the following locations:

  • October 4-5IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI, 901 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN. The Natatorium has been a fixture in the community since 1982 and has hosted hundreds of state, regional, national, and international events along with providing aquatic programming to IUPUI and the surrounding communities. The Natatorium has held 13 Olympic Trial events and has a total seating capacity of 4800.

A $20-million renovation was completed in 2016 which upgraded nearly every aspect of the facility. A few renovated items include new paint, seating, deck tile, as well as widened diving towers and re-designed concourses. The upgrades ensure the Natatorium remains a top aquatic destination for years to come.

  • October 12-13Piscina Felice Scandone, Via Giochi del Mediterraneo, 80, Naples. In 1963, when the pool was built, the complex hosted the fourth Mediterranean Games. Reconstructed in 2019, the complex will host the University Games this summer, which is the second largest multi-sport event in the world. With two 50 meter swimming pools, it is used for numerous events, including swimming, and water polo, having hosted five Championship League finals. The seating capacity is 3,000.
  • October 18-19The LISD Westside Aquatic Center, 1750 Duncan Ln, Lewisville, Texas. Located just outside Dallas, this aquatic center has a total seating capacity of 1200. There is also a concession area with views of the pool, in addition to a warm-up and cool down pool, and a diving pool.
  • October 26-27 Duna Aréna, 1135 Budapest, Népfürdő u. 36, Hungary. Recently reconstructed, the world-class complex features two Olympic sized pools, including a three-meter deep competition pool and a warm-up pool. Total seating capacity is approximately 5,000. The arena hosted the swimming world championship in 2017.

Designed and built by Hungarians, the arena has been built with sustainability and environmental awareness in mind, and features a programmable fountain, created by students at Moholy-Nagy University of Art, as well as a panoramic view of the city. The arena provides for various water sports including swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming, and high diving.

  • November 15-16Natatorium at the Eppley Recreation Center, 4128 Valley Drive, College Park, Maryland. Located just outside Washington, D.C., the state-of-the-art facility is comprised of an Olympic sized competition pool with one meter and two meter diving boards, a 25 meter x 25 yard Instructional pool, dry sauna, and steam room. The total seating capacity (including the pool deck and stands) is 2700.
  • November 23-24 – London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ZQ. The striking building, located in Stratford, is an indoor facility with three 50 meter swimming pools and a 25 meter diving pool. It’s state of the art facilities also include a 50-station gym, a dry diving facility for athletes of all levels and a cafe. The aquatic center hosted the swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming, Paralympic swimming and the swim leg of the modern pentathlon during the London 2012 Olympics. Since then, it has hosted a number of high profile events including Sport Relief and, most recently, the Diving World Series. Later this year the World Para Swimming Championships will be held at the London Aquatics Centre.  The seating capacity is 2,800.
  • December 20-21 – Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada. A pop-up 25 meter pool will be created in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena, to celebrate the International Swimming League finals.  The Events Center is currently home to the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, as well as the site for a variety of events including world championship boxing and many prominent concerts.  Future shows include New Kids on the Block, Alejandro Fernandez, Pentatonix and Jojo Siwa while past performers have included Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, and Alicia Keys, among others.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres and is recognized for its tropical pool paradise with real sand, along with its award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium, its recently expanded two-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and its three different distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel and Delano Las Vegas. Visit mandalaybay.com for more information.

Natalie Taylor, Aquatics Director of University Recreation & Wellness at University of Maryland, says, “We are excited to welcome athletes and spectators to the Eppley Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Maryland for the inaugural International Swim League. Our large swimming community is ready to embrace all of the athletes and look forward to cheering on some very fast swimmers.”

The team at IU Natatorium says, “We are thrilled to be selected as one of the sites of the International Swimming League’s inaugural season. It’s our belief that we have the best combination of aquatic facility, accommodations, food, volunteers, and hospitality right here in central Indiana. We look forward to collaborating with our local swimming community, Indianapolis, ISL staff, and local vendors to provide a great event for all involved.”

“Swimming is the most watched sport at the Olympic Games and we expect the ISL will generate nation-wide engagement which will lead to long-term sustainability not just for the league, but for the entire sport of swimming,” says Paris Jacobs, COO of the American Swimming Coaches Association and ISL management consultant.

Ticket sales will go live in July.

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