Making an Olympic Splash

1 decade 3 years 3 months ago Monday, February 19 2007 Feb 19, 2007 Monday, February 19, 2007 3:14:16 PM CST February 19, 2007 in Sports

Its great being a swimmer in Columbia, Missouri. That's because less than two years ago the University of Missouri built a world class facility attached to the student rec center.

Its amazing, I'm so glad its one of the nicest pools in the country, the fastest," said club swimmer Kate Walker.

The 16 million dollar facility took over a year to build, but as the saying goes if you build it they will come. And they have arrived. The Missouri Grand Prix will run through Monday and the field is stacked with 18 Olympians, and 24 national team members, including Olympic champion and world record holder Michael Phelps.

"I've been bragging about it at school like yeah I get to see Olympians this weekend," said Kate Walker.

"It's a star studded field and I think you can expect a show to be put on by a number of athletes," said Olympic Champion Michael Phelps.

And that's exactly what they've been doing. So far this weekend 2 U.S. Open records have been broken, and on Saturday night, Phelps stole the show by setting a new world record in the 200 fly. I guess you could say he likes the new pool.

"I can't complain. I've had 2 out of 3 lifetime bests in season. So far its treating me pretty good," said Phelps.

And in turn Phelps is treating the fans pretty good by giving mid- Missourians an up close look at true greatness.

"Two lanes away from Michael Phelps and I was like 'oh my god oh my god oh my god he broke the world record I'm witnessing history'," said Kate Walker.

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