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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte meet that attracts the best of the world's swimmers has a new name, and may get a new pool in the next few years.

The meet, known as the UltraSwim for nearly 30 years, lost its shampoo-brand sponsor and, this year, went by the name Arena Grand Prix. The new name reflects new sponsorship of the annual Grand Prix series of meets that showcases the country's best swimmers and some of their international competition.

But the meet has also gotten too big for its own good, said host team SwimMAC's head coach, David Marsh.

It has outgrown this pool about five years ago, said Marsh, reflecting on the crowds that pack the pool and the stands each year.

Finals have sold out the past several years as fans filled the uptown Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center to watch luminaries like Michael Phelps, Ricky Berens, and Ryan Lochte perform in Olympic-caliber races.

Not only does the club turn away $30-a-ticket fans, but limits the number of swimmers who come too.

More swimmers would require more heats to be run during the day, and so many of them cram the four-lane, short-course warm-down pool that swimmers are getting hurt. An Olympian from Florida was injured in the crowded pool Saturday night, said Marsh.

This year there's a desperate run on the number of people at the meet, said Marsh. We could have a lot more people participating if we had more space.

Thursday, Marsh announced a capital campaign to raise $6 million for a new aquatic complex in Mooresville that would include two 50-meter pools suitable for big meets, training, public swims, and lessons.

The money would also pay for renovations of SwimMAC's current 25-lane training pool adjacent to the Charlotte Latin school and four other, smaller pools in Mecklenburg County.

Marsh believes the club could raise enough money within the year to break ground on the Mooresville complex by next year. The pool would take approximately 18 months to build.

When asked if the new complex would host the Grand Prix meet, Marsh said, It could certainly host this meet, yes.

Olympian Michael Phelps also expressed his approval of a new venue, noting that he's always loved the crowds in Charlotte.

But, continued Phelps, To really continue to grow the sport of swimming it would be nice to have a new facility down here, and that's something I'm looking forward to seeing.

UltraSwim meet founder and longtime meet manager Jeff Gaeckle said he's not ready to throw in the towel on the old pool... yet. Gaeckle said the 23 years the meet has spent at the uptown aquatic center has drawn top talent because out-of-town competitors love the location.

The swimmers love coming to Charlotte, he said. They love the ambiance of Charlotte, the uptown hotels, the restaurants -- easy to walk to -- beautiful, beautiful city.

He wishes the county could expand the pool space at its current venue.

Renovations that will close the aquatic center for most of 2015 won't include any new pools. The meet would need a different venue next year, but he said he would be reluctant to leave instead of coming back.

We're very proud we're able to host it here, he said.

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