Colorado Mesa University has been selected to host a state swimming championship, the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission announced.
The El Pomar Natatorium will host the 2017 Colorado Masters Swimming Association (COMSA) short track state championships. The event is scheduled for March 24 to 26 and is expected to attract between 150 and 200 swimmers.
CMU hosted the championships in 2014. The competition brought about 165 swimmers to the Grand Valley and an estimated $80,000 in economic benefits.
“Colorado Masters Swimming is a statewide community of athletes. Often, there seems to be a disconnect between the Front Range and Western Slope (swimmers), and Grand Junction’s willingness to host our state meet helps bridge that gap,” said Stacy Broncucia, vice chairwoman of COMSA. “It is both an honor and a privilege to bring out state’s best swimmers together yet again in a venue as remarkable as Colorado Mesa University’s El Pomar Natatorium.”
Opened in 2010, the El Pomar Natatorium ranked among the top 10 collegiate swimming venues in one list compiled in 2015. The facility has hosted Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and Colorado high school championships as well as western zone club meets.
The COMSA championships will feature swimmers ages 18 to 80 competing in 23 events over the course of three days.
“Grand Junction is blessed to have wonderful venues for hosting state, regional and national sports events. It is indeed very complimentary that COMSA recognizes this world-class swimming facility and returns to our community with this prestigious event,” said Rick Taggart, a member of the Grand Junction City Council. “I have all the confidence that the swimming athletes will enjoy their time here and will return to their homes with a number of great memories.”
The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission — a collaboration of CMU, Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita and Town of Palisade — works to attract sports events that benefit the community and economy.