Public invited to swim conference

OCCC will host the Mountain West Conference swimming Championships Feb. 23 through Feb. 27 in the OCCC Aquatic Center.

James Hensley, Aquatic Specialist, said OCCC has hosted the Mountain West Conference since 2000.

Hensley said Mountain West Conference officials chose OCCC to host the event because it is a neutral site and is centrally located.

“We were also previously the host for the WAC Conference Championships prior to the conference splitting up,” he said.

Also, he said, the depth of the OCCC pool, the size and shape of the gutters, and the size of the swimming lanes, make the pool a “fast” pool for competitions, Hensley said.

Both men and women will compete.

The meet will start off with a men’s one-meter springboard preliminary round at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.

The Conference Championship starts off with men’s one-meter springboard at 10 a.m. on Feb 23, Wednesday morning, and the day finishes with women’s three-meter springboard

The meet will finish with a trophy presentation for coaches of the year, men’s and women’s swim and dive, swimmers of the year, men’s and women’s divers of the year, and men’s and women’s Team championship trophies, said Hensley.

Hensley said the Mountain West Conference will show highlights on their website at, and the conference television station The Mountain.

He said the event is open to the public.

Adult admission is $35 for the entire meet, $6 for the preliminary rounds, and $8 for the finals, Hensley said.

Children and students are $15 for the entire meet, $4 for preliminary rounds, and $5 for the finals.Program packages start at $20 and $3 for the preliminary and final rounds, Hensley said.

Jennifer Kellbach, Recreation and Fitness Secretary, said they need volunteers to sign up for timing some events.

For more information, visit the Mountain West Swimming and Diving page at

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