Georgia Tech Swim Club Announces arena swim Partnership
Apr. 20th, 2019
Author: Jake Grant | Editor: Stephen Ralph
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – April 20th, 2019. As the first major announcement of its silver jubilee season, celebrating 25 years of nationally-acclaimed collegiate club swimming, the Georgia Tech Swim Club is proud to announce its partnership with arena, the premier swimming equipment and
support brand. This groundbreaking deal, covering various outfitting and team support items, is a bold step for the Georgia Tech Swim Club — two-time reigning CCS National Champions and premier team in the world of college club swimming.
“It speaks to the testament of what this team has accomplished in the last 25 years to be able to partner with such a cutting-edge company” – Jake Grant | President, GTSC
Georgia Tech, with their long history at the forefront of college club swimming, including organizing, supporting, and hosting the nation’s only national invitational for the better part of the last two decades, has competed across the country against the best athletes in the sport. The past few years have taken them from Cocoa Beach, Florida to Columbus, Ohio and everywhere in between. Tech hosted the inaugural College Club Swimming National Championship in its McAuley Aquatic Center in 2018. This represented a bold step for the organization, which had previously almost single-handedly run the sport. Fittingly, the host team won the national championship for the first time since the men won a share of the ECC title in 2007. In 2019, at Ohio State University, the reigning champions once again won the women’s title, while the men moved up one place, to second from third, and once again brought home the national championship.
In the past two seasons, Georgia Tech has demonstrated both depth and top-level talent, with 22 different athletes notching top-ten finishes, 23 individual and relay national champions, as well as breaking 21 College Club Swimming records and 10 meet records. A rapidly growing organization, GTSC is the largest sports club on campus with over 120 dues-paying members representing undergraduate and graduate student populations, and is the Presidents’ Council Governing Board Organization of the Year.
Though initially unavailable for comment, incoming president Jake Grant remarks on the deal that “this partnership with swimming’s premier company could not come at a more fitting time for our organization. It speaks to the testament of what this team has accomplished in the last 25 years to be able to partner with such a cutting-edge company to put our swimmers in the very best gear possible. I am excited for the possibilities this partnership provides to both arena and the Georgia Tech Swim Club.”
“This trailblazing partnership will allow GTSC to form a more cohesive team atmosphere while giving our athletes access to the best gear in the sport. We’re thrilled to be working with arena at the forefront of swimming” – Stephen Ralph Jr | VP, GTSC
The partnership with arena represents the latest in a series of brand-unifying measures for the Georgia Tech Swim Club. Vice President Stephen “Sterling” Ralph Jr., who lead the sponsorship effort, noted, “This trailblazing partnership will allow GTSC to form a more cohesive team atmosphere while giving our athletes access to the best gear in the sport. We’re thrilled to be working with arena at the forefront of swimming.” Along with a refreshed logo, colors, and team financial health initiatives, the Georgia Tech Swim Club has truly never been positioned better than it is today, thanks both to the leadership of the last executive board, as well as the ones preceding it.
The Georgia Tech Swim Club begins its silver 25th anniversary season in August of 2019 and will compete in a series of invitationals yet to be announced, as well as the annual rivalry home-and-home dual meets against Auburn University, and the 2020 College Club Swimming National Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
About arena: Since its founding in 1973 by Horst Dassler, from his commitment to create a world-leading, cutting-edge swimwear company following Mark Spitz’ recording-breaking performance at the 1972 Munich Olympics, arena has consistently led the industry in technological breakthroughs in its performance wear. Just three years after its founding, the original arena Elite Team, including Spitz, would reel in 44 medals at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Since then, arena has seen multiple revolutionary breakthroughs, from materials like the cutting-edge polyurethane suits of the late 2000s to the debut of smart compression in the Carbon-Pro.
Today, arena understands that “all athletes are driven to win, whether it be to stand on the podium or to achieve their personal best, the end goal is always a win. We’ve had one goal: to strengthen and promote aquatic sports. Through a continuous pursuit to team with athletes for inspiration we’ve consistently provided products that match and exceed their expectations. To us this is our way to stand with you on the podium.”
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