Dallastown swept its meet with West York on Dec. 14. It was the first meet for new Dallastown head coach Gina McHenry. Elijah Armold, York Dispatch
Thousands of athletes and spectators will flock to York County over the next month for a trio of swim meets that are expected to drive nearly $3.6 million into the community, according to figures from the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The action starts with two collegiate events, when the Middle Atlantic Conference Swimming Championships and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships head to York. Those meets will be followed by the Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics Swimming Championships in early March, when youth swimmers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey take to the pool.
All told, the YCCVB anticipates that more than 4,000 visitors will filter through York over the course of the three meets.
York has hosted the MAC and PSAC championships over the past five years and will welcome them back again in 2019. The Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics came to York for the first time in 2016, then again in 2017, and agreed to return this year.
“York County’s sports visitors have the highest spending of any visitor type and generate the greatest economic return on investment for our community,” said Anne Druck, president of the YCCVB, in a news release. “Every returning event is a testament to our versatile facilities, exceptional value and convenient location.”
The YMCA of York and York County’s Graham Aquatic Center will host the two collegiate events and join the Central York Community Natatorium to accommodate the influx of athletes participating in the Junior Olympics.
The MAC event is set for Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 15-18, with 875 visitors expected and an estimated economic impact of $761,000.
The PSAC event is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 21-24, with 875 visitors expected and an estimated economic impact of $882,000
The Junior Olympics meet is set for Thursday through Sunday, March 1-4, with 2,200 visitors expected and an estimated economic impact of $1,890,000.