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a meet like that is, these kids come in with Mom and Dad and brothers and sisters, so when you’re factoring the economic impact, you don’t just look at 850 swimmers. It actually ends up being pretty significant.” One meet, big impact. “The scorecard that we had — we were looking at around 2,000 room nights for that swim competition,” he said. “The economic impact exceeded $500,000.” Though the Augusta Sports Council doesn’t work with the swim clubs on every meet — ASL alone holds three major home meets every year — DuTeau said he’s working with the group on a Paralympics swim meet for the fall. “This year, the room nights will probably be good, and we feel like it will be significant to the community, but at the same time, it’s one of those things that you launch this year and you get some great PR out of it,” he said. “You get the backing of U.S. Paralympics and then it only grows.” The kids who participate in the swim clubs don’t just swim a few laps and leave, either. Byars said that during the school year, ASL swimmers, who range in age from seven to seniors in high school, practice close to 20 hours a week. Despite the worries, Byars said that any movement toward the new university

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resurrecting ASU’s old swim team would be a good thing, considering the state of competitive swimming in the university system. “There’s something like 8,000 swimmers in Georgia swimming, and those options to swim are pretty limited,” he said. “In the state of Georgia, the only state schools that have swimming programs are Georgia, Georgia Tech and then Georgia Southern, which has a woman’s team.” According to DuTeau, university participation in a swimming venue isn’t new and often it isn’t a problem to the greater swimming population. “I can tell you that Georgia Tech, who inherited the Olympic Aquatic Center, hosts a number of college events, but at the same time they are doing a lot of the USA Swimming meets,” he said. “Just from my understanding, it’s been a great relationship.” For now, however, Augusta’s swimmers and tennis players are taking a wait and see approach. “Everything’s on the table except for a reduction of public use,” Russell said. “That’s a deal breaker.” 28JUNE2012

Metro Spirit 06.28.2012  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

Metro Spirit 06.28.2012  

The Metro Spirit is a free weekly newspaper that serves readers in the Augusta and North Augusta area. Editorial coverage includes Richmond...

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