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February 2013

OCCC Aquatic Center to Host NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships


OCCC to Host NAIA Swim and Dive National Championships.

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) will host the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2013 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships, Feb. 27 – March 2.

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) athletes, coaches and fans will return to the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Aquatic Center next month for the 2013 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships.

The 57th Annual Men’s and 33rd Annual Women’s NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships will be held Feb. 27 – March 2. The event attracts approximately 350 top NAIA swimmers to Oklahoma City each year. This event marks the second straight year the OCCC Aquatic Center has served as the host venue.

“Oklahoma City Community College is thrilled to be hosting the NAIA swimming and diving championships again this year,” said Roxy Butler, OCCC Recreation and Fitness director. “It was a great opportunity for the college last year, and we’re ready to have these groups back to the pool. We take great pride in our campus, the aquatic center and our friendly city. It’s our goal to make these championship events fun and memorable for the athletes, coaches and their families.”

The OCCC Aquatic Center made its debut 23 years ago when the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival was held in Oklahoma City. The facility remains a premier competitive natatorium in the state and region hosting numerous state, regional and national competitions.

In addition to the 50-meter competition pool, the facility features a separate diving well equipped with two one-meter springboards, two three-meter springboards and platforms at five, seven and ten meters.

“The aquatic center at OCCC is a top-level national swimming and diving facility. It has a proven record for hosting large and successful events,” said Jamie Adams, NAIA sports manager. “We are excited to return to Oklahoma City in February and feel confident that the championship will again be a memorable event for NAIA student-athletes, coaches and fans.”

Additional support for the 2013 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championship meet is provided by local partners, including Oklahoma Swimming, High School Swimming, Sooner Dive Club, Oklahoma Baptist University and the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The NAIA is the governing body for athletics programs at its nearly 300 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through Champions of Character, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

To learn more, please visit www.naia.org. For more information about the OCCC Aquatic Center, please contact the OCCC Recreation and Fitness Department at ext. 7860, or visit www.occc.edu/rf/aquatic.html.

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