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Swim and dive competition boosts Fountain City economy

It's the first time Columbus and the state of Georgia have hosted the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics swimming and diving competition. It's the first time Columbus and the state of Georgia have hosted the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics swimming and diving competition.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A national competition in the Fountain City is making a splash in more ways than one.  

College teams from around the country are competing for a national swimming and diving championship at the Columbus Aquatic Center all week. 

It's the first time Columbus and the state of Georgia have hosted the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics swimming and diving competition. This week's events are expected to host about 400 student athletes, their coaches and families and bring a big economic boost to the local economy.

“The impact is estimated to be $338,000 when we go back and review those numbers but that’s only part of it. People come to our community and have such a great time that they come back on vacation and visit the National Infantry Museum, maybe they didn’t go whitewater rafting so they say hey, we’re going back to Columbus, Georgia," says David Boyd the Events Manager of the Columbus Sports Council.

Boyd says that economic impact is felt by hotels, restaurants, retail and social venues. The National Championship will be hosted in Columbus next year as well.

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