Midco® Aquatic Center to Host Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships
The Midco® Aquatic Center will host The Summit League’s Swimming and Diving Championships in February 2018. The University of South Dakota will be the host university.
“Our brand new Midco Aquatic Center is capturing the attention of major athletic organizations and competitive swimmers,” says Mayor Mike Huether. “Sioux Falls and the region have come out in droves to support this grand facility, and now we will showcase it on a national scale as well.”
The Summit League’s Swimming and Diving Championships for both men and women will take place at the Midco Aquatic Center on February 14–17, 2018. More than 250 swimmers and about 500 spectators from across the country are expected for the event.
“We are excited to hold our swimming and diving championships at the sparkling new Midco Aquatic Center,” says Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. “With a long-standing history of tremendous success at our basketball championships, we are confident that the city of Sioux Falls, and the University of South Dakota as host, will make this a first-rate experience for our competing schools and student-athletes. The swimming and diving championships will be a highly anticipated event on the league calendar.”
The Midco Aquatic Center was designed and constructed with both public open swimming and swim meets in mind. The Recreation Pool area of the facility is unaffected by most swim meets and will be available to the general public. A separate entrance on the east side of the building was part of the facility design so that swim meet participants can easily access the 50 Meter Pool. Mezzanine seating with great views of the 50 Meter Pool is available for more than 500 spectators. During this swim meet, the Recreation Pool will be available for public use, but the 50 Meter Pool and diving boards will be unavailable.
“We have received rave reviews from competitive swimmers across the country who have had the opportunity to compete at this facility. We are thrilled about being the host site for The Summit League Swimming and Diving Championships,” says Don Kearney, Director of Parks and Recreation.
About the Summit League
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top-60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Western Illinois University―with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections, and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website and follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.
About the Midco® Aquatic Center
The Midco Aquatic Center is the first public indoor aquatic center in Sioux Falls history. The multipurpose facility features a large recreation pool area with play features and water slide, a warm-water pool, a 50-meter pool, current channel, diving boards, bulkheads, multipurpose rooms, sun decks, concession area, elevated spectator seating for 500+, and more. The facility provides opportunities for the entire family, including leisure and lap swimming, swimming lessons, warm-water therapy, fitness classes, water safety training, and diving. The Midco Aquatic Center opened to the public on October 13, 2016. For more information, go to midcoaquaticcenter.org. Follow the Midco Aquatic Center on Twitter: @midcoaquatic or Facebook: www.Facebook.com/midco.aquatic.