PHOTOS: Arena Pro stopped in Mesa


For the fifth consecutive year, the city of Mesa was one of five stops of USA Swimming’s 2017 arena Pro Swim Series. Skyline Aquatic Center, 845 S. Crismon Road, hosted 2017 arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa April 13-15, according to a press release.

Approximately 500 swimmers competed in Mesa, including more than 20 U.S. Olympians. They include Katie Ledecky, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Olympics; Olympic champions Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Simone Manuel; Mesa native and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Breeja Larson and Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer, who competed while being six months pregnant. Vollmer’s suit announced the gender of the baby, which is a boy.

Preliminary races began at 9 a.m. each day of the event with final races scheduled at 5 p.m. Swimmers compete for points and the top three finishers in each event also earn cash prizes. In addition to the single-event prize money, the overall male and female winners of the season-long series will earn a $10,000 bonus, awarded after the 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals June 27 – July 1 in Indianapolis.

As the title sponsor, arena will have on-site activities designed to strengthen the connection between today’s youth swimmers, future national teamers and their heroes and role models. The goal is to help expose the sport of swimming to a wider audience and give those closest to it even more passion for swimming.

Arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa is a major boost to tourism. In 2016, direct visitor spending was more than $308,000 at area hotels, restaurants and throughout the community according to Visit Mesa.

Sponsors of the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series – Mesa include Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities; Visit Mesa; Empire-Cat; Mesa HoHoKams and Mesa Public Schools.

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