Richmond, Va. (WRIC) — Hundreds of the world’s top swimmers, including Olympians and USA Swimming National Team members, are in Richmond this week to compete in one of the largest meets in the country.
The TYR Pro Swim Series makes five stops throughout the U.S. each year. Richmond was selected as a location out of more than a dozen that also submitted bids to host the competition.
The three-day event, which begins Wednesday, will take place at Collegiate School Aquatics Center, located at 5050 Ridgedale Parkway in Chesterfield County.
It is hosted by SwimRVA, whose mission is to make swimming accessible and inclusive in the Richmond area.
SwimRVA has been gearing up for the competitive swimming meets featuring both future and former Olympians.
The event is headlined by Katie Ledecky, who is a five-time Olympic gold medalist.
Adam Kennedy, Executive Director of SwimRVA, said it’s one of the largest events to come to the Commonwealth.
“There’s only five professional sporting events on the continent a year. And Richmond’s one of them,” said Kennedy, who dropped by the 8News studio to talk more about the competition.
“Not only do we get to witness some of the greatest athletes of all time but we get to showcase Richmond and it’s swimming community,” he added. “Six years ago club swimming, much less High School swimming did not exist.”
SwimRVA has grown its ‘Learn-To-Swim’ program to where all nine area school districts are now participating.
Any money SwimRVA earns off ticket sales will support their efforts to teaching every child to swim in the area.
Tickets are still available for Wednesday and Thursday meets. Prices range from $20-$30. Click here for ticket information.