Charles River Aquatics Acquires Rights to 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Pool From Myrtha Pools

BOSTON, Massachusetts, September 16. CHARLES River Aquatics and Myrtha Pools have entered into an agreement to bring the 2012 Olympic Trials competition pool to the greater Boston area it was announced today. The announcement was made jointly by Kevin McGrath, CEO of Myrtha Pools and Charles River Aquatics President Mike Morawski. Created primarily as a lesson program, committed to helping children learn to swim with proper stroke technique in a safe & fun environment, Charles River Aquatics has grown to include a swim team and summer camps.

The state-of-the-art pool will be used for the 2012 Olympic Trials competition set for Omaha, Nebraska from June 25 to July 2 to decide who will be representing the United States in swimming in London. After the competition of the Trials, the Myrtha technology will permit the pool to be dismantled and then reassembled in New England.

"Lifelong durability, low operating and long term maintenance costs and overall speed are the greatest features of the Myrtha stainless steel / PVC construction and, coupled with UV based water purification and the most advanced regenerative media filtration systems, this pool is quite simply the greenest and best available on the market today. To offer this pool to the New England Swimming community is a source of great pride for our entire staff" Morawski said.

"Relocation of the Trials pool to the Boston area by Charles River Aquatics further enhances the partnership that Myrtha Pool and USA Swimming have formed to help swimming become a bigger and more recognizable participation and spectator sport in the US," said Kevin McGrath, President and CEO of Myrtha Pools. "From the 12,000 plus spectators watching the Trials in Omaha this summer to future generations of young children learning to swim, gaining their first training and competitive swimming experience to the full range of fitness programs this pool will be a great asset for years to come."

"We welcome Charles River Aquatics into the worldwide Myrtha family of elite state of the art aquatic facilities supported by our experience and technology. We look forward to our continuing relationship with USA Swimming and Charles River Aquatics to bring this technology to more and more swimmers and teams throughout the US."

"We are thrilled that this special and historic pool will find a new home at a USA Swimming member club," said Chuck Wielgus, USA Swimming Executive Director. "Charles River Aquatics can build on the legacy of the Trials pool to bring the sport of swimming to kids at the grassroots level, and that's what USA Swimming is all about. It's wonderful that the pool that will be used to select the 2012 Olympic Swimming Team will also be used to develop future talent in the Boston area."

"Charles River Aquatics is committed to serving the needs of Boston's area swimmers from Learn-To-Swim to our nationally ranked athletes," said Chris Sheppard, head coach of the Charles River Dragons. "With the addition of this pool we will be able to continue that commitment to the highest level of the sport."

"When I competed at the Trials it was the culmination of my Olympic dream," said Thomas Wallace, Aquatics Director, Charles River Aquatics. "To bring to Boston a pool where history will be made and America's best swimmers will pursue their dreams, allows CRA to expand our programs and achieve even greater success while giving our swimmers and the Boston community the opportunity to discover that ordinary people are capable of achieving extraordinary things."

"I have been so proud to be a part of Charles River Aquatics' growth and development since our inception in 2005," said Charles River Aquatics Executive Director Marilyn Wriede. "We truly value our relationship with Boston University, which has treated us like part of their 'family', and we plan on continuing our programs at the Case Center for years to come. We are extremely excited about the prospect of expanding to a second facility where CRA can continue to bring a unique approach to teaching swim lessons to children and adults alike and provide even more opportunity for aquatic based fitness, safety and educational programs. For safety, health, and for pleasure and enjoyment, swimming is a sport which can be a vital part of everyone's life."

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