Future of Missouri Grand Prix swim meet uncertain

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 12:32 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Top U.S. and international swimmers will return to Columbia next week in an Olympic-year event with an uncertain future on the University of Missouri campus.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that the Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center is in the final year of a four-year deal with USA Swimming,leaving the future of the event uncertain.

This year's meet is scheduled for Feb. 10-12 and will include more than 700 participants, an event record. A USA Swimming official says the governing body is considering bids from several host cities for future Grand Prix stops.

The event was first held in Columbia in 2007. Michael Phelps competed that year and in 2008, before he won a record eight Olympic gold medals.

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