York County has been selected as the host of a synchronized swimming championship event that is expected to boost the area’s economy by more than $300,000. A report from the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (YCCVB) indicates that hundreds of young athletes will visit the county to participate in the 2018 USA Synchronized Swimming East Zone Championships. Synchronized swimming is a sport that involves coordination of swimming, gymnastics, and dancing. The event will be held as from 8th to 10th June 2017, and the host team of the will be the YWCA York’s Synchro-ettes. York County offered a $7,800 grant to the rent the Central York Community Natatorium, which will serve as the venue for the competition.
The aquatic director of YWCA York, Kathy Warner, said that the team is happy to be the host of the 2018 USA Synchronized Swimming East Zone Championships for the first time. The event will offer York County an opportunity to show that it has excellent places that can be used for hosting state and national competitions. It will also help in creating awareness about the sport and generate revenue for the area’s economy. Athletes who will take part in the synchronized swimming will be both male and females who range from 7 to 18 years old. The swimmers will come from the New England states, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Ohio. The sport is likely to attract 250 competitors, and the venue can handle approximately 350 spectators. The York County Tourism Grant Program has made significant contributions to make the event possible.