Los Alamos To Host National Swim Teams

Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road. Courtesy/Los Alamos County


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
Swimmers from the Meiji University out of Tokyo, Japan will host their training camp at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos. Wendy Lott of the Aquatic Center said the athletes are preparing to qualify for the Japanese Swimming Federation National Team to participate in competitions leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
The dates are not confirmed, Lott said, but they are tentatively set for late February to early March this year.
Japan collected seven medals to finish in fourth place at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil behind the United States (33), Australia (10), and Hungary (7). Japan picked up two gold, two silver, and three bronze to just get edged out of a top three finish by Hungary.
Traveling from Montreal, Canada, the Canadian Junior National Team also will host their training camp at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center. The Canadian Team is preparing for the 2018 Canadian Junior Championships that will take place July 25-30 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian team will be in town Feb. 5-28.
Both National Teams will practice in the mornings and on weekends before the pool opens and on some afternoons, giving the local swim teams an opportunity to share the pool with Olympic quality athletes. This also will allow the Walkup Center to run with little effect on the normal operating hours.
Spectators will be able to meet the athletes and watch some of the training while the teams are in town. More information will be provided when it is available.