ELKHART — February and March will be big months for downtown Elkhart as two major collegiate swimming championships will take place at the Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center.
The Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships will be February 9-12, 2022, featuring more than 400 athletes representing 10 schools across the Midwest. Then, from March 10-12, 2022, the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America will take over the aquatics center for its National Invitational Championship featuring as many as 750 athletes from up to 50 colleges and universities across the U.S.
Both events will also welcome spectators at 50 percent capacity, meaning a maximum of 600 may attend. Masks are required for anyone entering the Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center.
“We’re excited to show off downtown Elkhart and the Elkhart County area to thousands of visitors during these championship events. We know the athletes, coaches, staff, and family and friends of the athletes will have a well-crafted experience at the Aquatics Center. Our many hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions love to welcome visitors with Hoosier hospitality,” said Jon Hunsberger, executive director of the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The 170,000-square-foot Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center sits in the heart of the city of Elkhart’s growing River District neighborhood, where recent development has included hundreds of new apartments and townhomes as well as commercial development, enhanced public park and river access, and streetscape improvements. The city of Elkhart, Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Beacon Health System and private investors have all worked tirelessly to bring about the vision of the River District and Elkhart Health & Aquatics Center.
Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson said, “Here in Elkhart, we are proud of our Aquatics Center and are grateful for a chance to show it off. We are excited to have competitors and coaches to experience our city and will welcome these amazing athletes and their coaches with open arms.”
For those not able to attend in person, complete coverage of the 2022 GLVC Swimming and Diving Championships can be viewed live and free on all GLVCSN platforms. Fans can visit GLVCSN.com, download the GLVCSN mobile app on the go with their iOS or Android smartphones, or access GLVCSN apps at home through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV. Fans can also follow Championship coverage on Twitter via the hashtags #GLVCswim and #GLVCchamps, which will be used by both official Conference accounts, @GLVCsports and @GLVCSN.
“Our 10 schools, 19 teams, and over 400 student-athletes are excited to return to the Elkhart Aquatic Center for the 2022 GLVC Swimming & Diving Championships. We are particularly excited to welcome the fans back to this beautiful venue this year and know they will enhance the championship environment for our student-athletes with the enthusiasm they bring to this event. Our thanks to Aquatics Director, Kevin Milak, the staff at the pool, Sonya Nash and the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Mayor Rod Roberson for their ongoing support of these championships,” said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich.
The Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official tourism advertising/marketing and public/community relations organization for the Elkhart County hospitality industry. The ECCVB advances quality-of-place initiatives in our downtowns and rural spaces, parks and natural environment, arts and culture, and events, festivals, groups and activities that help forge social connections.
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Terry Mark, director of communications & public relations
Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau