Full circle: History repeats in the Circle City

Indianapolis has penned quite a history in the swimming world, and one of the most exciting chapters involves Myrtha Pools. In 2004, the FINA World Swimming Championships were held within what was then called Conseco Fieldhouse – it is now called Gainbridge Fieldhouse, home to the Indiana Pacers and Fever. Both a 25-meter competition pool and a smaller warm-up pool were situated within the arena, marking the first time a Myrtha pool had been used as a temporary basin within a stadium in the U.S. The event was a grand success and helped open the door to subsequent applications of the Myrtha technology for elite events in transcendent settings. Beyond the Myrtha connection, Indy has been the site of hugely important moments in the development of American swimming. History is repeating itself, as in 1924 the Trials were held here, followed by the Olympiad held in Paris. Indy also hosted American team swimming selection events in 1952, 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2000. This summer’s event puts Indianapolis in the all-time lead as the city which has hosted the most U.S. Trials meets.