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Georgia Tech closed the facility for renovations shortly after the 2000
GCSL county meet, so it will offer a different atmosphere, particularly
because it's now a closed-in facility rather than the open-air pool
constructed for the 1996 Olympics.
Originally a $21 million project for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, the expansion that included enclosure came with a $45 million price tag.
And the organizers of this week's GCSL county meet - it begins today and runs through Sunday - say they're very impressed by the aquatic center. The meet has been held at Emory University the past five years, but the sheer numbers made Georgia Tech a more attractive option.
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The eye-popping facility didn't hurt either.
"(Georgia Tech) is unbelievable," said Ron Santaniello, the county meet coordinator since 2001 who relies on a staff of 500 parent volunteers and 150 coaches to run the meet. "Since the Olympics, they've closed the facility in and it's absolutely state of the art. It's beautiful what they've built. A beautiful facility."
The venue already has hosted several prestigious events since the Olympics, most notably this year's NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. With a setting ideal for such big-time meets, the pool allows Gwinnett kids who aren't year-round swimmers to enjoy a unique atmosphere.