MHCC to Host High School Swimming Championships for 28th Year
Posted: January 23, 2014
More than 1,000 swimmers, coaches and spectators will visit Gresham Feb. 21 - 22 for the OSAA/US Bank/Les Schwab Tires Swimming State Championships. This is the 28th time that the Aquatic Center at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) has hosted this prestigious event.
“The MHCC Aquatic Center is a world class venue,” says Steve Walker, sports information director for the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). “Its hosting the high school state championships is exciting for participants, officials and event staff. The OSAA is grateful to Mt. Hood Community College for making the facility available year after year.”
The meet will take place at the college’s 50-meter swimming pool, which is under a dome during the cooler months and under the sun and stars during the warmer months.
Photos from a July 2010 Swim Meet at MHCC
Preliminary races will be held Feb. 21: 5A session, 9 - 11:15 a.m.; 6A session, 1:45 - 4 p.m.; and 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A sessions 6:30-8:45 p.m. The championship finals will be held the following day: 5A session, 8:15 a.m. - 11:15a.m.; 6A session, 1- 5 p.m.; and 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A sessions 6:45 – 9:45 p.m. (The higher the number, the more students enrolled at a high school.)
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Parking is free on all MHCC campuses, no permit required.
MHCC opened the Aquatic Center in 1976, and renovated the 50-meter pool in 2007 to make it ideal for national-level competitive swimming. Each year, MHCC hosts more than 30 competitions, including meets for the Special Olympics, Speedo senior championships and training for U.S. water polo. In 2011, the aquatic center won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson.
In addition to the 50-meter pool, the MHCC Aquatic Center has three indoor pools. For more information on the facilities and its programs, please contact Tanya Richardson, manager of aquatics and recreation at MHCC, at 503 491-7244 or Tanya.Richardson@mhcc.edu.