GREENSBORO — Hundreds of swimmers from Atlantic Coast Conference schools are in the Tar Heel State this week competing in the annual men's swimming championships.
It's an event that's not only putting Greensboro in the national spotlight, but the state as well.
Inside the Greensboro Aquatic Center, more than 250 swimmers representing 10 of the ACC's schools are warming up for the big competition this week.
“I think this year's going to be even better. We have two new teams—Notre Dame and Pitt have joined the conference—so I think that's going to bring us even more credibility,” said FSU swimmer Jared Pike.
This is the second of six scheduled ACC events taking place in the Gate City this year.
The men's diving championships were in this building last week.
"If you combine all of the championships, the estimated economic impact is in the $30-$40 million range,” said Kim Strable with the Greensboro Sports Commission.
Both swimmers and coaches say that Greensboro and North Carolina are places that they look forward to coming back to every year.
"It's about as smooth as a meet as you can possibly go to. We like coming up here. Our kids seem to swim really fast here,” said FSU swim coach Frank Bradley.
"I definitely do enjoy swimming in this pool. It's a really fast pool, and you feel great coming to a championship like this,” Pike said.
With the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in 2015, the Greensboro Aquatic Center continues to bring business to the area.
"You can tell that an event like this builds for what the future can hold, and the future is very bright for this facility,” said Brian Kuppelweiser with the ACC.
"We call this 'Tournament Town.' It's very intentional because we want it to be known as a place where champions come, where it's a fun place to be,” Strable said.
For schedule and ticket information, visit: http://www.theacc.com/#!/sport/stats/c-swim.