Swim Trials Finished, What's Next?

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

From baseball to swimming, after more than two weeks on the national stage Omaha is moving on. The final races in the Olympic Swim Trials finished Monday night.

David Hadford and his family were busy taking it all in on the last day of the Olympic Swim Trials.

“They are all swimmers so it's great to see it. In fact they got to swim in the pool for that special event,” said Hadford.

Organizers say this year they reached a record number in attendance, more than 160,000 fans watched Olympic hopefuls. Organizers also gave themselves a pat on the back for last Monday’s double header of sorts.

“I don't think there are many other cities in the country that can do what Omaha did. We had two different national championships on the same night. And we really did not have many traffic problems at all. People did listen, come early, park in different spots,” said Doug Parrott.

But this venue isn't finished and these pools won't sit long.

“It's still going to be a swimming pool for a few more days. The Swim Masters are in town. About 1000 people will be here to swim,” said Parrott.

That runs through July 8th. But many people are asking what they’ll do with the water and the pools once it’s all over. Well the answer is simple.

“The water will go into the Missouri River. So we'll help clean it up for a few days. There's a lot of water but the Missouri River has a lot of water in it and we're glad it's down this year and not the flood stages like that year,” said Parrott.

And the warm-up pool will be disassembled and put in storage until enough money is raised to install it in Omaha.

In all the tear down process will take about five days and this venue will be ready for the next big event, the WWE World Tour.

As for Olympic athletes, Tuesday morning they'll have practice and breakfast. Then they go home for a couple of days. After that, they train together before flying to France for a week. There they get to adjust to the time change before heading to London.

This isn't the end for Omaha in the national spotlight. Next January we're hosting the Figure Skating Championships. Then in the summer, the CWS, of course, and the Senior Open of golf. That's six national championships in two years.


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