Southwest Louisiana keeps state swim meet

The following is a news release from the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.

LAKE CHARLES, La. — In a nearly unanimous vote, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to keep the State High School Swim Meet in Sulphur for another two years.

The decision was made at the organization's annual conference held in Baton Rouge last month.  This year will mark the fifth year that the meet will be held in the area.

"We couldn't be more excited to have the swim meet secured for another two years," said Norman Farr, director of Sulphur Parks and Recreation. "We have really grown to love this event over the past four years and look forward to its arrival each fall."

The average attendance at the tournament is around 5,900 people and hotels across the parish are booked for the weekend, making this a win-win situation for not only Sulphur, but all of Calcasieu Parish.

"This meet has a large economic impact on the entire parish. These teams don't just travel to play ball for the weekend, in between races they eat in our restaurants, visit our attractions and much more," said Eric Zartler, senior sales manager for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Economically, you are looking at a one million dollar impact each year. This is new tax dollars that in the end mean better roads, schools and other infrastructure for us all."

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-SWLA, or visit