KINGSPORT – After a seven-year hiatus, the Bank of Tennessee Model City Invitational will make its triumphant return to Kingsport in the new, state-of-the art Kingsport Aquatic Center. On Friday June 13, Saturday, June 14 and Sunday June 15, Kingsport will host more than 300 swimmers and their families. Visitors will be coming from Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Tennessee to take part in the elite competition.

The first Model City Invitational took place in Kingsport in 1959 and ran annually through 2006. During its nearly 50-year history, the event established a reputation as one of the premier summer meets in the region. Now, the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee will re-establish this long-standing tradition. The Kingsport Aquatic Centers Director Kari Matheney says, It is a great opportunity to showcase our HMG Competition Pool, an Olympic-sized, indoor 50-meter pool. Were happy to be able to host this caliber of an event.

The head coach of the Barracuda Swim Club of Northeast Tennessee, Chris Coraggio, says hes thrilled to be able to get this meet back up and running, “This has historically been the premier summer meet for the region.‚  Our team had to stop hosting it when the old Legion Pool began to show its age. Now, with the availability of the new Holston Medical Group competition pool at the Kingsport Aquatic Center, and thanks to the sponsorship of Bank of Tennessee and the support of the City of Kingsport, we are excited to once again welcome swimmers to town for the event.‚  We expect to see some very fast swimming.”

New for this years meet is the premier sponsor, Bank of Tennessee We are proud to be affiliated with the Model City Invitational swimming event.‚  There has been a long history of quality competitive swimming in our Tri-Cities area and its great to see it continued in such a great facility.‚  It also is a nice match with Bank of Tennessees continued health initiatives with all of our employees and we look forward to its long term success, says Craig Denison, Market President and Executive Vice President for Bank of Tennessee.

Competitive swimming events of this caliber are unique. Its an opportunity to show off the beauty of our area and provide tourism dollars to locally owned businesses from the people that participate in the event from around the region, says Bank of Tennessee Senior Vice President, Detra Cleven.

The Bank of Tennessee Model City Invitational begins Friday, June 13 at 5:15 p.m.

About the Kingsport Aquatic Center

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region’s newest and most comprehensive indoor-outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport’s Meadowview district at the base of iconic Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area’s only indoor Olympic-sized pool, the HMG Competition pool, plus year-round swim courses and American Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from mid-May to early September. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter! @swimkingsport