KEY LARGO, Florida, November 15. COLLEGIATE swimmers and future Olympians are set to compete in the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, mile marker 99.6 oceanside in Key Largo.
Part of a monthlong Orange Bowl training session held each year in the Keys, the classic hosts some of the nation's finest competitors. The sprint-style meet features 20 fast-paced swimming events measured by a state-of-the-art timing system.
Of more than a dozen college teams scheduled to attend winter training, eight are slated to compete in the swimming classic including George Mason University from Fairfax, Va.; University of Michigan from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Dartmouth College from Hanover, N.H.
Some notable 2012 Olympians have either trained at the Jacobs Aquatic Center swimming facility or participated in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic. They include top women's swimming medalist Missy Franklin (four gold, one bronze), three-time swimming medalist Nathan Adrian and freestyle swimmers Kate Ziegler and George Bovell who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the London games.
"Key Largo is quickly becoming a much sought-after place for training," said Dr. Jim Boilini, event chairman, who also serves on the board of directors of the Jacobs Aquatic Center.
"Key Largo's weather, a first-class training facility, the community's embrace and the lure of the Orange Bowl is a great combination," Boilini said.
The competition is expected to start at 2 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Admission is free to watch.
A post-contest awards social and dinner are set to commence at the Jacobs Aquatic Center following the meet. Spectators who reserve ahead can attend the dinner and interact with the swimmers and coaches.
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