KNOXVILLE, TN – Jan. 25, 2019 – The NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will find a new home in Knoxville, Tennessee for the 2020 and 2021 events March 4-7, 2020 and March 3-6, 2021 at the Allan Jones Aquatics Center.
In the 63 years of men’s and 39 years of women’s swimming and diving championship, the championships have never been hosted in Tennessee. These championships will be the 8th and 9th championships that have been held in the Volunteer State. Previous championships include baseball (1979-1980), DI women’s basketball (1991-2011), football (1986, 1989, 1996-2007), women’s golf (2011-2012), men’s and women’s indoor track & field (2001-2010, 2016-2017) and women’s volleyball (1994).
“The NAIA is excited to partner with Visit Knoxville Sports Commission,” said Jim Carr, NAIA President and CEO. “The Allan Jones Aquatics Center will raise the competition experience throughout the championships.”
The Allan Jones Aquatics Center was completed in 2008. The facility holds a capacity of 1,284 fans and the deck area will accommodate up to 2,000 additional individuals, teams and other personnel. The building features a full-size, 50-meter competition pool, a separate competition diving well, a strength training center, sports medicine facility and a high-tech timing room.
“This is going to be an incredible event for Knoxville,” said Chad Culver, Senior Director of the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “We are very excited to host this NAIA National Championship at Allan Jones Aquatic Center. We look forward to showing the athletes, coaches, and fans a great experience in Knoxville.”
Currently 29 NAIA institutions sponsor men’s swimming and diving and 36 NAIA institutions sponsor women’s swimming and diving. The championships will consist of a four day meet that consists of 20 events for men and women.
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