December 13 – 15 you will find a lot of visitors in Christiansburg. They will be attending the Swim and Tri Winter Championships Swim Meet hosted by H2Okie Aquatics. Don’t let that name confuse you! “H2Okie” is the nickname of the VT Varsity Swim Team. THIS event is the H2Okie Aquatics (not VT). All age groups will be represented (not just students) with over 875 swimmers competing! The other very kewl thing about this is the price of admission. IT”S FREE!!!
We will have visitors from all over Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, and Tennessee! Parking support will be via shuttle bus from Christiansburg High School. There will be a LOT of our local children, teens and adults competing, so come on out and watch.
That’s right, there is no admission charge to come watch swimmers compete. The meet is a full 3 days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Both pools will be used for the meet with the gals taking up one pool and the guys taking up the other. Now, before you go getting upset about the pool not being open to citizens, take a minute to think about what events like this mean:
- some group or person is paying for the use of the Aquatic Center for the Meet
- a lot of people from out of town will be here supporting their family members and/or friends.
- people visiting will be staying at local hotels (lodging tax)
- people visiting will be eating in local restaurants (meals tax)
- people will be shopping in our local stores finishing up Christmas shopping in between events (sales tax)
All of those add up to increased revenues for the Town and increased sales for our local businesses, restaurants, and hotels! That is money that comes here and stays here. So, let’s roll out the welcome mats throughout town. Let’s remember that these are people who are unfamiliar with the area. They will be stopping to ask directions or where to find something. So, while they’re visiting us, let’s make them welcome and encourage them to come back. Take the time to talk up some of the great recreational opportunities we have in our area.
A brief bit of the schedule: Morning session warm-ups start at 6:30am with competition at 8:30am. Afternoon Session for the 12yrs & under group have warm-ups at 11 with competition starting at noon. All 13-14 and senior age groups will swim in the morning for prelims and will finish at the end of the day for finals. Okay, so the schedule isn’t real clear to me, but I’m doing the best I can here. You may be able to find additional information at the H2Okie Aquatics of NRVA website (click here).
Come on down, drop off part of the family while the other does Christmas shopping, then flip so everyone gets a chance to watch the swimmers and get their shopping done!