There are two pool national championships every year: Spring Nationals for short course (usually 25y) competition and Summer Nationals for the long course (50m) season. For many LMSC members, national championships provide motivation and focus for months of training and staying fit; and Nationals can be a lot of fun when they are nearby and you can get a lot of your teammates to join you. For example, last spring over 100 members attended nationals in nearby Greensboro, NC.
Recently USMS has awarded bids received for four national championships:
- Spring 2014 (tentatively May 1-4): Santa Clara, CA.
- Summer 2014 (tentatively Aug 14-17): University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
- Spring 2015: San Antionio, TX.
- Summer 2015: the SPIRE Institute, Geneva, OH.
These are all wonderful locations, but having nationals within driving distance next summer will be a special treat. When nationals were held in Baltimore in 2000, VMST took a huge contingent and won the meet (Large Team Division). Will history repeat itself?