NCAA gives Indianapolis future swimming championships

Indianapolis will host the Division I, II or III men's and women's swimming and diving championships every year between
2012 and 2017 under a new deal announced by the NCAA.

The championships will return to Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI, which hosted the championships from 1983 to 1999
and has been the site of several U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming and diving.

The Division I championships will be in Indy in 2013. Men will compete from March 28-30, with the women competing from March
21-23. The men's and women's championships will return to Indy in 2017, with the women running from March 16-18 and
the men from March 23-25.

The announcement is another milestone for the city, known as the amateur sports capital of America.

It already a contract with the NCAA to host a men's Final Four and a women's Final Four during every five-year rotation
through 2039. Indianapolis will be the host city for women's basketball Final Four in 2011 and 2016, and the men's
Final Four in 2015.

"We have accomplished our goal of returning to the NCAA's rotation for these sports, while also bringing marquee
events to one of our region's great athletics venues — the IU Natatorium," Indiana Sports Corp. president Susan
Williams said in a statement.

They will compete in the same pool where Michael Phelps set world records and hosted the first Duel in the Pool meet between
Australia and the U.S.

But the Division I championships are only part of the equation.

Swimmers and divers in Division II will compete in Indy in March 2015 and March 2016. The Division III athletes will contest
national championships here in March 2012 and March 2014.

"The collaborative effort among all parties involved in this agreement allows longer-range planning and access to the
natatorium while not to the exclusion of other quality hosts," NCAA senior vice president Joni Comstock said. "This
schedule also supports each division in the championship format they find optimal, while providing a memorable experience
for our swimming and diving student-athletes."

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