After the previous year’s event produced nearly $650,000 in positive impact to its community, the Riverside Sports Commission announced the return of CIF for the 2018 Southern Section – Ford Swimming and Diving Championships.
All competitions are slated to take place at the Riverside Aquatics Complex on the campus of Riverside City College in Riverside, California.
Assistant Commissioner for CIF-SS, Kristine Palle, said the Riverside facility is “one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country with the ability to accommodate more qualifiers and finalists. We accept 36 qualifiers into the preliminary events with the top 18 returning for consolation and final heats of nine each.
“I am pleased to announce the continuation of format and location for our 2018 CIF Southern Section FORD Swimming and Diving Championships,” Palle added. “We are truly fortunate to be hosting our event at the Riverside Aquatics Complex on the campus of Riverside Community College. This facility was a recent renovation project on campus and a joint project with the City of Riverside. It is one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the country. A 65-meter pool, Riverside boasts an Olympic style venue complete with an Olympic dive tower and two additional 25-yard pools on site.”
CIF-SS will award points for the top 18 swimmers and divers (the top 8 will receive medals). The competition is the culmination of the high school swimming and diving season throughout Southern California including Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Mono, Inyo, and a portion of Kern county, and will showcase the “best-of-the-best” swimmers and divers in the region. The 2018 Championships are expected to include teams from more than 400 high schools and 2,000 competitors for a series of preliminary and final events which begin May 7 and conclude May 12. Top qualifiers will continue on to the California State Championship in Clovis, May 18 and 19.
Athletes and coaches will be admitted to all sessions an hour and a half prior to competition. Spectators will be admitted 30 minutes prior to the competition. General admission charge for adults will be $10. High school students with ASB or identification and children will be $5. Tickets may be obtained at the gate with cash or credit card.