KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – USA Swimming has announced the 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series will take place Jan. 9-12 at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee, marking the first time Knoxville has played host to a TYR Pro Swim Series event.
The 2019 TYR Pro Swim Series marked the first time USA Swimming selected its events via a request for proposal and bid process. The highly-competitive process yielded many submissions from communities across the U.S. Together with USA Swimming, the Local Organizing Committee will play a vital role in the planning, community connections, local sponsorships, ticket sales and marketing of the event.
The TYR Pro Swim Series is a 3.5-day long course event that consists of six stops across the country from January through November. The meet, which traditionally runs from Wednesday afternoon to Saturday, is televised on NBC Sports Network, the Olympic Channel, as well as live streamed at www.usaswimming.org. The five remaining stops will be announced in the coming weeks.
Historically, each stop attracts between 400-600 of the world’s top swimmers including, USA Swimming National Team members, Junior National Team members and top 50 world ranked swimmers. Most recently in 2018, Olympian Katie Ledecky broke a world record (15:20.48) in the 1500m freestyle at a TYR Pro Swim Series meet.
Knoxville has hosted a number of high-profile sporting events including the USA Cycling Pro Road & Time Trials National Championships, USA Diving AT&T National Championships, SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, REV3 Triathlon and University of Tennessee athletic events. The third-largest city in the state of Tennessee is also home to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Tickets for the individual TYR Pro Swim Series stops will go on sale in late 2018.
About USA Swimming
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.
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