The Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee is currently hosting the 2012 U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Swimming Teams for a last-minute training camp as part of their final preparations for London later this month. The aquatic design and engineering of the state-of-the-art facility was done by Counsilman-Hunsaker and opened up in 2008. 1,800 spectators were on hand along with 100 members of the media for their first practice. While Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Missy Franklin typically receive the most attention, it was Knoxville-native Davis Tarwater who arguably received the warmest welcome from the local fans.
Swimming World reported that the Stars and Stripes held their first open practice on July 12, 2012 and sports fans lined up around the block to get a chance to see some of the world's best swimmers.