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Junior Olympics Storm The Aquatics Center

news_sportsThe states top youth will compete in the record breaking facility.

Santa Clarita Aquatic Center will be the staging ground for the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics.

 

The swimming competition will start Wednesday and run through Sunday, will feature some of the brightest up and coming swimming stars in the state.

The City of Santa Clarita has partnered with Canyon Aquatics and hosted the event at the facility for four years.

According to the Canyon Aquatics website, the Aquatic Center pools are some of the fastest in the state, with various age group and master records being set there.

"We have about 15 records that have been broken on the Masters level, a couple of world records, as well as national records," said Doug Botton, Aquatics Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita.  "We also have two national records that have been broken for age groups, which is what this event will be in."

The speed of the pool can be caused by a number of factors, like its constant seven foot depth, which helps limit wave drag, or the psychological effect that the depth has on the swimmers.

"If you talk to any swimmer, they will tell you that when they're swimming over shallow water and then it plunges into deep water, their mind can wander, they lose their focus," said Botton.

The race pools also operate on a touch pad system, which allows swimmers to finish the race by touching a pad on the pool wall that can lead to more accurate finish times.

Due to the competition the Aquatic Center will be closed to the public for the entire event.