Rebecca Miller from Johnson City is mirrored by her reflection as she swims the butterfly segment of the girls 13 and over 200 IM. Photo by Ned Jilton II
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After a seven-year hiatus, the Bank of Tennessee Model City Invitational made its triumphant return to Kingsport in the new, state-of-the art Kingsport Aquatic Center Friday and will continue Saturday, June 14 from 9 am to 7:30 pm, and Sunday June 15, 9am to 3 PM. Kingsport is hosting more than 300 swimmers and their families from Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee to take part in the elite competition.
The first Model City Invitational took place in Kingsport in 1959 and ran annually through 2006. During its nearly 50-year history, the event established a reputation as one of the premier summer meets in the region. Now, the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee will re-establish this long-standing tradition. The Kingsport Aquatic Center's Director Kari Matheney says, "It is a great opportunity to showcase our HMG Competition Pool, an Olympic-sized, indoor 50-meter pool. We're happy to be able to host this caliber of an event."
The head coach of the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee, Chris Coraggio, says he's thrilled to be able to get this meet back up and running, "This has historically been the premier summer meet for the region.Our team had to stop hosting it when the old Legion Pool began to show its age. Now, with the availability of the new Holston Medical Group competition pool at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and thanks to the sponsorship of Bank of Tennessee and the support of the City of Kingsport, we are excited to once again welcome swimmers to town for the event.We expect to see some very fast swimming."
New for this year's meet is the premier sponsor, Bank of Tennessee "We are proud to be affiliated with the Model City Invitational swimming event.There has been a long history of quality competitive swimming in our Tri-Cities area and it's great to see it continued in such a great facility.It also is a nice match with Bank of Tennessee's continued health initiatives with all of our employees and we look forward to its long term success," says Craig Denison, Market President and Executive Vice President for Bank of Tennessee.
"Competitive swimming events of this caliber are unique. It's an opportunity to show off the beauty of our area and provide tourism dollars to locally owned businesses from the people that participate in the event from around the region," says Bank of Tennessee Senior Vice President, Detra Cleven.comments powered by Disqus