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Olympic-caliber swimming is coming to Clovis North in 2019

Clovis North High will host a stop on the Olympic-caliber TYR Pro Swim Series next year, Clovis Unified School District and Clovis Swim Club announced Tuesday.

The June 12-15 event will be the only TYR Pro Series meet held on the West Coast, and will serve as the last stop in the five-meet series.

Clovis Swim Club coach Mark Bennett said the idea of hosting the event came a month ago.

“They were announcing venues for the other meets and they did not announce one for the West Coast one in June,” he said. “We were wondering if that was something that would be a possibility for us since we have put in for international-level level meets before.”

Past TYR Pro Swim Series events were held in Santa Clara.

The meet could possibly bring recognized swimmers such as Katie Ledecky, Ryan Murphy and many others. These meets are usually capped at approximately 450 swimmers.

Clovis Unified said the series meet is expected to bring more than $500,000 to the local economy and draw more than 4,000 total spectators.

The TYR Pro Swim Series is a three-day event that consists of five stops across the nation from November through June. The meets will be shown on NBC Sports Network.

“This is great for us,” Bennett said. “This is one of the highest honors that we can get in terms of hosting an international-level meet aside from hosting the U.S. Nationals. This is guaranteed to bring those pro athletes here and give opportunities to elite local athletes to showcase their talent, as well.”

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee
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