March isn’t just a time for championship basketball, it is also a time for championship swimming. At this year’s NCAA Woman’s Swimming and Diving Champions, 322 of the best student-athletes in the two sports will meet at the Texas Swimming Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.
But for the first time, PEM Surface Creations’ aquatic matting will be there to greet them. When swimmers and divers get out of the pool they can expect to feel the comfort of PEM matting on their feet, as well as the benefits from its slip-resistant properties. PEM’s textured surface reduces the risk of slippage in wet conditions and allows moisture to flow through the matting, eliminating standing surface water.
To get here, the swimmers had to meet minimum requirements on strokes like the free style, breast stroke, butterfly and back stroke. And divers had to compete in Zone Meets to qualify.
In years past this event has featured Olympians or future Olympians, making us even more excited to have our product chosen for this event. The championships will run from March 17 to the 19. ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19 and ESPN2 will air a 90-minute show at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 5.
Have you ever seen a gator or a razorback slip when getting out of the pool? If you said no, that might be in part to PEM’s aquatic matting being used at the SEC swimming and diving championship. Obviously we are not talking about the animals, but mascots that represent some of the country’s best universities.
The SEC or Southeastern Conference is comprised of schools like the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University, Louisiana State University and Auburn University. Every year the best from the conference compete in the conference championship to determine a winner, which can be difficult because SEC schools have also won an astonishing 23 NCAA swimming championships.
The 2011 SEC Championship was held at the University of Florida’s Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Utilizing PEM’s slip-resistant properties and comfort to bare feet, our matting was installed on the pools bulkheads. Also because PEM contains an antimicrobial biocide and can be rolled up for easy storage, it can be used at future events for years to come.
This year, athletes broke a number of SEC records with the Auburn University coming away with the win for the men and the University of Georgia the winner for the woman. It was a great weekend of friendly competition and large crowds to cheer the student-athletes on. Take a look at the photos of PEM in action!