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Mesa hosts Olympians as part of Pro Swim Series

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USA Swimming’s 2016 arena Pro Swim Series. (City of Mesa)

For the fifth consecutive year, Mesa will be one of five stops of USA Swimming’s 2017 arena Pro Swim Series.

Michael Phelps at last year’s USA Swimming arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa. (City of Mesa)

Beginning today, approximately 500 swimmers will compete in Mesa, including more than 20 U.S. Olympians. They include Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics; Olympic champions Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Simone Manuel; Mesa native and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Breeja Larson and Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer, who will compete while being six months pregnant.

The event will be at Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Road, April 13-15.

“Hosting events like the area Pro Swim Series is great for the city of Mesa. We welcome hundreds of world-class swimmers along with their coaches and families to Skyline Aquatic Center for three days of non-stop competitive swimming,” Mayor John Giles said. “Fans can see some of their favorites begin their swim to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics right here in Mesa where more than 20 Olympians will be competing.”

Preliminary races begin at 9 a.m. each day of the event with final races scheduled at 5 p.m. Swimmers compete for points and the top three finishers in each event also earn cash prizes. In addition to the single-event prize money, the overall male and female winners of the season-long series will earn a $10,000 bonus, awarded after the 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals June 27 – July 1 in Indianapolis.

During the event, there will be on-site activities designed to strengthen the connection between today’s youth swimmers, future national teamers and their heroes and role models. The goal is to help expose the sport of swimming to a wider audience and give those closest to it even more passion for swimming.

Arena Pro Swim Series is a major boost to Mesa tourism. In 2016, direct visitor spending was more than $308,000 at area hotels, restaurants and throughout the community, according to Visit Mesa.

“The chamber is excited to see another large sporting event coming to Mesa,” said Sally Harrison, president and chief executive officer of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “Bringing athletes and spectators to Mesa is our opportunity to capture visitor dollars in our restaurants, hotels, and local shops.”

Sponsors of the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series include Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities; Visit Mesa; Empire-Cat; Mesa HoHoKams and Mesa Public Schools.

Information about the event, including tickets, is available at www.usaswimming.org.

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