CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a big weekend for swimming in Charlotte.

One of the sports' biggest events is going is happening in uptown at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center. Swimmers from across the nation are gearing up for Friday's UltraSwim competition.

Preliminaries kick off at 9:00am and then finals are at 6 p.m. The meet started with a bang Thursday.

This is the 29th annual UltraSwim in Charlotte and, over the years, the Queen City has really become a hotbed for Olympian and Olympic hopefuls.

In fact, the meet has hosted more than 130 Olympians and more than 50 gold medalists.

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