Juneau to host 2013 swim and dive meet

Juneau School District officials and supporters of the Glacier Swim Club are celebrating the selection of Juneau as the host of next year’s state high school swimming and diving championships.

An announcement on Thursday notes that the Alaska School Athletics Association has picked Juneau for next year’s competition. It’s the first time in over two decades that another venue has been selected outside of Anchorage ‘s Bartlett High School.

Glacier Swim Coach Scott Griffith says as many as forty volunteers will devote their time and effort to successfully hold the meet at the relatively new Dimond Park Aquatic Center in the Mendenhall Valley.

Proponent of the center and swimming parent Max Mertz said in a prepared statement that they told the community five years ago that they would work to bring such meets to Juneau.

“We’re happy that five years later we were able to make this happen,” said Mertz.

As many as 500 people including athletes and their parents, coaches, and officials are expected to converge in Juneau for four days next November. The event will officially run November 8th and 9th, 2013.

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