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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One of the longest running swim meets in the nation is back in town this week.

Swim GSA is hosting the 59th annual Eastern Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center Thursday through Sunday, June 29.

The event will feature 750 swimmers from 21 teams and nine states, making it an event good for the City of Greensboro's economy and exposure. Meet organizers say 70 percent of the competition's participants are from states, including New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, along with several others.

The Greensboro Convention and Visitor's Bureau says the event will generate an estimated $1.2 million economic impact for the city.

The meet kicks off Thursday at 4 p.m. with long-distance freestyle races. Preliminary races for swimmers ages 13 and older will start at 8 a.m. each day, and the finals will begin a 5:30 p.m. each day. Swimmers ages 12 and younger will compete in the afternoons.

Admission to the event is free, but he Coliseum is charging visitors for parking.

For more information about this year's Eastern Invitational, head to the Swim GSA website.

Swim GSA is hosting the 59th annual Eastern Invitational at the Greensboro Aquatic Center Thursday through Sunday, June 29.

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