Synchronized Swimmers Take Over Town Of Tonawanda

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM EDT

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, NY ( WKBW ) If you were planning on taking a dip at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatic Center, you may find the pool a little crowded this week.

That's because the world's largest synchronized swimming event has brought more than 1,200 aquatic athletes to Tonawanda. All week long, 11 to 19 year old swimmers will be competing for titles.

The competition was held here over a decade ago, but has grown over the years. Organizers expect a big economic impact for local businesses like hotels and restaurants.

Kai Jones, a coach from Maryland told Eyewitness News "Restaurants get a big boom. We come with coaches, all the swimmers, family, friends and extended family."

Event organizer Gigi Grizanti noted that the economic impact could be anywhere from $1.3 to $2.4 million dollars.

The event runs everyday until Saturday July 3rd at the Tonawanda Aquatic and Fitness Center.