A synchronized swimming championship will come to York this summer, and it's expected to generate a local economic impact of more than $300,000, according to the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (YCCVB).

The 2018 USA Synchronized Swimming East Zone Championships is expected to bring hundreds of young athletes from around the mid-Atlantic region and beyond to York County.  

Synchronized swimming combines elements of swimming, dance and gymnastics.

The YWCA York’s Synchro-ettes will serve as the host team for the competition, which will run from June 8-10 at the Central York Community Natatorium. A $7,800 York County tourism grant funded facility rental fees and helped make the event possible.

“We are thrilled to be hosting, for the first-time ever, the 2018 USA Synchronized Swimming East Zone Championships this June. It’s an opportunity to showcase York County as a great place to host national and state athletic events, bring additional revenue to our economy and create local awareness about the sport we love,” said Kathy Warner, YWCA York’s aquatics director, in a news release. “We are truly appreciative of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which made this opportunity a reality for us. Partnerships like this allow us to bring big events to our area and create a fun and diverse place for people to live and work.”

The competition will feature male and female swimmers ranging in age from 7 to 18 years old and hailing from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, New Jersey and all of the New England states. About 250 competitors and more than 350 spectators are expected.

“This is exactly what the York County Tourism Grant Program is designed to do,” YCCVB president Anne Druck said in the news release. “In just a year, it’s already proven to be a powerful driver of projects that drive lucrative visitor spending to York County. It’s even better when those success stories include bringing youth athletes here, since they are the most likely to return as visitors, students or even as residents in the future.”

The event was attracted to York County through the YCCVB’s Sport York program.