The country’s top collegiate swimmers will be heading to the Florida Key’s next month as they prepare to compete in the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic. The event will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, mile marker 99.6 oceanside in Key Largo.
While many will be focused on the Orange Bowl football game, this annual event hopes to draw in competitors and spectators to the sprint-style meet which features 20 fast-paced swimming events clocked by a state-of-the-art timing system.
For those interested, admission is free to watch the competition. The expected start time is 10 a.m. and will run until noon.
According to a press release, “several men and women who have either trained at the Jacobs Aquatic Center swimming facility or participated in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic have gone on to pursue Olympic gold.”
“Among more than a dozen college teams scheduled to attend winter training, eight are slated to compete in the swimming classic including long-time attendees George Mason University from Fairfax, Virginia; and the University of Michigan from Ann Arbor. They will be joined by universities from Massachusetts, Texas and Vermont.”
Following the races, a post-contest awards social and dinner at the Jacobs Aquatic Center will allow spectators an opportunity to interact with the swimmers and coaches.
More information on the event can be found online at jacobsaquaticcenter.org.