Swimmers at the School Games will compete at the Manchester Aquatics Centre
This September, the Manchester Aquatics Centre will host the swimming events at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games. Across the two-day competition, more than 180 athletes will compete in the City's world class 50m pool.
Over the course of the finals, the talented young competitors will swim their way to a combined distance of 90,400m. That's the equivalent of swimming the English Channel - twice.
Containing more than 2,721,000 litres of water, the main pool has staged some of world swimming's finest moments. In 2008, US superstar Ryan Lochte set two new world records at the FINA World Championships. The 11-time Olympic medallist clocked a time of 51.15 in 100m individual medley, followed by a time of 1:51.56 in the 200m equivalent.
Team GB's own Rebecca Adlington, a two-time gold medallist at the Beijing Olympics that year, competed at the same event. Before her heroics in China, the Mansfield-born star set a new Championship and European record of 8:08.25 in the 800m freestyle.
In the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics, the Aquatics Centre was the base for Australia's swim team. Their women's 4x100m freestyle team of Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger put in their final training sessions in Manchester before going on to set a new Olympic Record at the Games in London.
The Aquatics Centre is open to the public, allowing the people of Manchester access to the wave-shaped structure and the Olympic standard pools. The centre is also home to the City of Manchester Swim Team, as well as disability swimmers and water polo athletes within the English Institute of Sport.
Elite young athletes from across the UK will come to the Manchester Aquatics Centre to compete for a medal in the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September.