The 35th annual Smoky Mountain Invitational swim meet will take place Saturday and Sunday at Springbrook Pool in Alcoa. Sponsored by the Maryville-Alcoa Flying Dolphins and the Maryville/Alcoa/Blount County Parks & Recreation Commission, the Greater Knoxville Area Interleague Swimming Association (GKAISA) event will test the skills of approximately 1,700 swimmers from the ages of 5 through 18.
Two swim teams, the Flying Dolphins and Green Meadow Country Club, will represent Blount County this year. A total of 30 teams will represent swim clubs from the counties of Knox, Blount, Loudon, Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke, Anderson and Roane.
The meet begins with warm-ups at 7 each morning and concludes at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Set-up at the pool begins at 5 p.m. Friday. More than 300 volunteers are coordinated by the Flying Dolphins swim team. They handle the set-up and concessions and coordinate the logistics of getting swimmers in place for hundreds of heats in 85 event categories. Each day, the interleague swim meet is expected to draw more than 2,500 people to the pool on Vose Road.