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Two national swim meets are set for Stanford this summer

 

More than 1,800 of the top swimmers from all over the United States will converge at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center in August for the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships.

The senior meet will feature 800 swimmers and run from Aug. 2-6. It will serve as the selection meet for the swim team that will represent the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games, in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 14-30.

Some 1000 swimmers will compete in the 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships, August 8-12. This championship meet is open to any registered USA Swimming swimmer, who is 18 or under as of the first day of the meet, and who has achieved the time standards published by USA Swimming during the qualifying period.

NBC will televise the ConocoPhillips National Championships and the event will also be webcast live daily by USA Swimming. The 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships will be webcast live on www.usaswimming.org.

"We are thrilled to have the very best swimmers in the United States right here at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center for the 2011 National Championships," said Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa. "I want to encourage swimming fans of all ages to come to the Avery Center to cheer for these world class athletes and give them a warm Palo Alto welcome."

Added Stanford men's swim coach Skip Kenney: "The U.S. Swimming National Championships are an important meet for all swimmers to check their progress as they point to the Olympic Games in London in 2012. This meet provides swimmers the opportunity to swim outdoors in our sunny California weather, in the fast Avery Aquatic Center Pools on the beautiful Stanford campus."

Meet director Anne Warner Cribbs said: "As an Olympian from the 1960 USA Swim Team, I'm thrilled to host these great swimmers in my home town. I have special memories of the communities who hosted the Nationals during the time I was competing and I know that today's swimmers will feel the same about fans in Northern California. Plus, it's great for young swimmers to be inspired by the performances they will see this summer."

Members of the Local Organizing Committee include Stanford Swimming coaches Ted Knapp and Lea Loveless; Rebecca Carpenter (Avery Aquatic Center director), Anne Warner Cribbs, Helen Mendel (BASOC); John Bitter (Santa Clara Swim Club); Angelina Preza (San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau), and Tisha Badis (Palo Alto Swim Club).

The Committee is supported by Stanford Athletic Department, USA Swimming, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, BASOC – the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee, the San Jose Sports Authority and the San Mateo County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

All-session passes and daily tickets are available at the Stanford Ticket office at Gate 2 and online at www.gostanford.com/2011swim

Detailed meet information including qualifying times, accommodations, event schedules and ticket prices are posted at www.usaswimming.org.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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