UNIVERSITY PLACE — The locally based University Place Aquatic Club (UPAC) hosted its annual UPAC Spring Special meet at their home pool, the Curtis High School Aquatic Center on May 3rd. 500 athletes from across Washington State, along with their friends and families converged in University Place for the event.
Impressively, this event brings nearly 1,000 people into University Place for the day. The club hosts another meet every year in January, the UPAC January Challenge with about twice the amount of participants and fans over 2 days.
UPAC had a very successful meet with almost 90% personal best times and won the overall meet.
- First – UPAC — 1911 points
- Second – Bellevue Club — 1301.5
- Third – Evergreen — 782
- Sixteen teams competed in the event
One of the reasons swim teams want to participate in the UPAC Spring Special and the UPAC January Challenge is the club’s facility. Thanks to the University Place School District, University Place boasts one of the only world class, 8 lane short course (25 meter) swimming pools in the state of Washington. This state of the art facility was renovated and reopened as Curtis Aquatic Center in 2011 and is the home of University Place Aquatic Club, Curtis Swim and Dive, Curtis Water Polo and Puget Sound Polo.
Over the years the UPAC has grown from a relatively small 25-member club to nearly 100 members. The club has 6 swimmers on Pacific Northwest Swimming‘s top 25 list for 2014. This is a major accomplishment when you consider Pacific Northwest Swimming is one of the most competitive organizations in the country with nearly 6,500 swimmers on 52 teams.
The University Place Aquatic Club provides an exceptional swim team experience through professional leadership. Their coaches’ progressive, developmental and competitive age-group training creates a supportive team environment that emphasizes personal achievement at each swimmer’s highest level of ability, from stroke school to championship competition. Our professional, nationally certified and competitively experienced coaches have established a safe, fun environment where developing & competitive swimmers strive for accomplishment both in and out of the pool.
Current head coach Craig Mallery was the head coach at Seattle University for both their men and women’s teams from 1999-2012. While at Seattle U, he developed the team from the beginning to become a NCAA Division 1 level school. Coach Craig has been named National Coach of the Year twice, as well as being the Conference Coach of the Year in 2011. He was a collegiate level swimmer at Boston University, and oversees the entire UPAC swim program. Their five coaches have over 40 years of combined competitive swimming, coaching and leadership experience, are qualified USA Swimming Coaches, USA Swimming Officials and members of the American Swim Coaches Association.
UPAC is a year-round competitive swim program and part of USA Swimming and Pacific Northwest Swimming, who are the national governing body for the sport. Founded in 1983 by Jim Baurichter and Mark Olson. These men have continued to teach and coach for the U.P. School District. They are a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization. UPAC’s operations are managed by a group of dedicated volunteers committed to the ongoing success and sustainability of the team. Their board of directors and coaches develop and pursue program goals to ensure positive and quality experiences for all swimmers and their families.
For more information go to www.upacsharks.org.