North Carolina hosted two of the most popular USMS National Championship meets all time in 1992 in Chapel Hill (short course) and 1984 in Raleigh (long course). Masters “old-timers” still talk about these meets as they were much-praised for their strong organization, outstanding hospitality and friendly volunteers.
Online entry for the meet is now available here. Swimmers are encouraged to use the online entry system to help prevent entry errors. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. March 23. Entries received by March 9 will receive a $10 discount on the entry fee.
As USMS National Championships grew through the years, the meet literally outgrew our facilities in North Carolina—until now. After a 20-year hiatus, the 2012 USMS Spring Nationals finally return to our state where they will be held in the country’s newest major aquatic center, the Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC).
The 80,000 square foot, 2500-seat state-of-the art Greensboro Aquatic Center features three pools including a 50-meter double-bulkhead competition pool, full diving well and tower, and instructional pool. Spring Nationals are expected to be run in two adjacent 10-lane courses in the competition pool. The competition pool is very fast, over 9’ deep throughout. The diving well and instructional pool provide an additional 12 lanes of warmup and warmdown space.
Ribbon-cutting for the GAC was August 25, 2011. After a series of Grand Opening activities, the GAC welcomed its first official event—the 2011 US Masters Swimming High Performance Camp. A total of 25 participants (including swimmers and coaches) from across the country got to “test drive” the GAC. All gave the venue rave reviews and indicate they will be back (together with a number of their teammates, of course!) for a major dose of fast swimming and Southern hospitality next April for the 2012 USMS Spring Nationals.
The GAC is part of the nationally-renowned Greensboro Coliseum Complex, a multi-faceted sports and entertainment complex that includes the country’s largest arena, a 3000-seat mini-arena, exhibit space, an amphitheater, and the new ACC Hall of Champions. The adjacent hospitality and meeting space of the Coliseum Complex will enhance the Spring Nationals by adding attractive vendor, awards, registration, and support space.
The new venue, adjoining entertainment complex, and nearby hotels (see below) are ready for our Spring Nationals participants and guests. Our goal is to host North Carolina’s most fun, best attended and well-regarded Masters Nationals ever — and we want you to come enjoy the best possible national championships experience!
A wide variety of Host Hotels within 5 to 10 minutes of the GAC have been reserved for 2012 Spring Nationals accommodations. The 1000-room Sheraton Greensboro, North Carolina’s largest hotel, is serving as our Headquarters Hotel. Joining the Sheraton are an attractive selection of full-service, mid-price, and economy hotels. Throughout the meet, every Host Hotel will have a continuous shuttle service to and from the GAC, including on warmup day (Wednesday the 25th).
You may select your preferred hotel and book online via the Greensboro hotel housing bureau website.
If you stay at a Host Hotel, you will not need to have a rental car. However, if you do rent a car or drive in for the meet, the parking onsite at the GAC/Coliseum Complex is paid parking. Parking at all Host Hotels, except the Greensboro Marriott Downtown, is free.
Co-Meet Directors for the 2012 Spring Nationals are Don Gilchrist, and Hill Carrow. Hill previously served as Meet Director for both the 1984 USMS Long Course National Championships and the 1992 USMS Short Course National Championships. For inquiries, please feel free to email Don at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hill at email@example.com.