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Contact: Kim Straka
(Monona, WI) One of the country’s largest outdoor amateur swim meets convenes in Monona, WI on July 26-28, 2018 when Monona Swim & Dive Club (MO) hosts the 2018 All-City Swim Meet (All-City). An expected 2000+ swimmers, ages 4-18 will compete in 4,426 entry events over the three day event.
This year is the 57th time the Madison area has held this meet that dates back to 1962. Originally the meet only had five teams participating and today there are 13. The most recent addition was in 2011 when Goodman Pool joined the league.
“This is an extraordinary swim meet,” says Anne Saloma, Co-Chair of the Monona’s All-City Swim Meet. “We have all ages and ability levels of youth swimmers, from beginners to elite D1 University commitments. It’s magical to witness them all come together for three days to show camaraderie and compete in the sport they love, and have tons of fun while doing so,” adds Saloma.
Planning for All-City has been in the works for over two and a half years by MO. Much of the space by Monona Pool and Winnequah Park will be turned in to a Olympic-like village for athletes and fans. There will be bleacher seating for just under 1,300 spectators, and 252 volunteers shifts will be filled by loyal families, friends, and community members over the three day meet.
“MO is looking forward to hosting our first All-City Meet since 2006,” says Rhonda Holler-Steenhagen, Co-Chair of the Monona’s All-City Swim Meet. “We have learned from the experience of the past All-City hosts and meets, as well as added some new features of our own that we hope everyone will truly enjoy and appreciate.”
Some things to highlight about this year’s All-City:
- Each team is competing to raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank, and we are raising funds for the Shelley Glover Foundation
- Live streaming will be available through moallcity.com
- New – unified swimmers
- New – All-City will be a zero waste meet
- New – Download the All-City Swim App – visit your app store for details
- 62 seniors will be honored at this year’s meet
Admission is free and street parking is available. Swimming begins each day at 8 AM.
Sunday, July 22
Team Warm-Ups from 8 AM to 8 PM. (link).
Thursday, July 26
Preliminary heats in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and individual medley for both girls and boys ages 11-18 take place Thursday.
Friday, July 27
Girls and boys ages 10 and under participate in their preliminary heats.
Freestyle and the medley relays for girls and boys eight and under.
Saturday, July 28
Individual finals for all age groups.
Medley relays and freestyle relays for ages nine and up.
For more information about the 2018 event visit Monona All-City website at https://swim.moallcity.com.