The swim trials begin June 25th at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Setup began there at 2AM when workers removed the first eight rows of seats in the arena. Myrtha Pools will spend the next two weeks building two pools for the swim trials: an eight lane practice pool in the convention center, and a ten lane pool in the arena.
The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha in late June.
Omaha hosted the Swim Trials in 2008. It’s the biggest competition before the Olympics, which are in London this year. Frank Busch, national team director for USA Swimming, says so far this year 1,600 athletes have met qualifying standards. 1,100 athletes came to Omaha in 2008 for the Trials.
Busch says Omaha was a perfect location in 2008 for the Swim Trials. The CenturyLink Center arena and convention halls were converted to accommodate the Swim Trials, complete with practice pools.