COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming today announced new details for the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Series, including $150,000 in prize money. The next stop of the six-meet series will take place January 18-20 in Austin, Texas and will be broadcast on the Universal Sports Network.
As part of USA Swimming’s new, eight-year partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series will offer swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events. In each event, first-place finishers will receive $500, second-place finishers will earn $300 and swimmers in third place will take home $100*. Prize money will be distributed for each meet in the Series, including the Minnesota Grand Prix, which took place in November. In past years, a $20,000 purse was awarded to the overall winner of the entire Series.
“Since its inception, the Grand Prix Series was designed to showcase the best swimming talent in the country,” said Frank Busch, USA Swimming’s National Team Director. “We’ve always envisioned having this type of prize money to strengthen the level of competition at these meets, and with Arena’s support, it’s become a reality and will help take swimming in the U.S. to the next level.”
“Our partnership with USA Swimming Grand Prix Series opens up new avenues for Arena to support talented swimmers in many ways," said Tim McCool, Vice President and General Manager of Arena North America. "We are not only committed to helping athletes perform at their best, but to give recognition in their results. The Arena Grand Prix Series is the perfect platform to celebrate swimming at an elite level on an annual basis and we look forward to making this a bigger event for both the athletes and well as the spectators in the years to come”.
Swimming fans across the country will also have the opportunity to watch the action from the next stop of the Arena Grand Prix Series - The Austin Grand Prix. The Universal Sports Network will broadcast the event live on January 19 and 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. ET. Check local listings for channels and times in your area.
The three-day meet in Austin, Texas will take place January 18-20 and is slated to feature a marquee line-up of swimming stars, including Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin, Tyler Clary and Ricky Berens.
2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix Schedule:
In addition to the broadcast coverage on Universal Sports, USA Swimming will webcast prelims and finals in Austin on www.usaswimming.org. For more information on the Arena Grand Prix Series, visit www.usaswimming.org/grandprix. A leaderboard for the Series will be available online and in Splash Magazine, the official magazine of USA Swimming.
* Swimmers with remaining NCAA eligibility will not be able to accept event prize money.