The city of Omaha (Nebraska) hosted the U.S. Swimming Olympic Team Trials from June 29th to July 7th, 2008 in which the qualifications of the American swimmers for Olympic Games Beijing 2008 were decided.
As for the Trials in Long Beach 2004, also this event took place in two 50 m temporary Myrtha swimming pools that were installed within the Omaha Qwest Center.
The Qwest Center is a brand new structure divided in two sectors: a Congress Center and an Arena that -with 17,000 seats- usually hosts every kind of events, such as basketball or hockey matches, concerts, and so on.
The two temporary Myrtha swimming pools, one for competitions and one for warm-up, were installed inside the Arena in the place generally used as playing field.
US Swimming Federation chose once again Myrtha Pools for Omaha Trials 2008 after the positive experience in Long Beach 2004: a lot of spectators and 6 new world records.
Myrtha Technology is more and more used by Swimming Federations all over the world for the construction of big competition pools both permanent and temporary. Myrtha in fact has a lot of advantages: the pools, that are real mechanical constructions with the possibility of millimetric adjustment, allow the swimmers to reach high speeds thanks to the overflow gutter design, that is not only very wide but can also absorb the waves created by the swimmer without any return. Thanks to Myrtha Technology, the following records were set: 9 world records, 21 national records and 64 records between championship records and U.S. open records.
Type: Competition pool
Accessories: Removable headwalls
Dimension: 50x25 m
Depth: 2.30 m
Benefit: Temporary pool in Qwest Center
Technology: Myrtha overflow gutter – classic