Lone Star meet – hotel details
Summer is upon us! Our swimmers are out of school and they are working hard in anticipation of bringing home the Lone Star State Championship Swim Meet first place trophy for the first time to our very own ever-so-humble Benbrook YMCA!
In case you haven’t had the chance to take part in the Lone Star meet yet, it draws all the YMCA’s from all over Texas to a 4-day meet in Frisco. This year’s dates are July 21-24. The younger kids (10&Under) only swim on Fri/Sat/Sun, whereas the older kids also compete on Thursday night. Ages 9 and up also swim both preliminary heats during the day as well as finals at night if they place in the top 16 in the prelims.
Lone Star is a great experience – a wonderful Texas YMCA tradition and a very exciting event for the whole family. LOTS of swimming (don’t forget that seat cushion!), hanging out, state records falling, a very fun parade on Sunday afternoon – and friendships grow even stronger as our kids spend those days competing together.
Last year we finished second overall – our best placing ever! The only reason we didn’t get first was one “team” from Houston actually brought 3 YMCA’s as combined team with more than 100 swimmers – literally ganged up on the rest of the state. But they’ve promised not to do that again or something and that’s another-day-another-story and there’s no hard feelings here for sure… 🙂
Anyhow – as you can understand commuting back and forth to Frisco could be a bit extreme, so many of us just pony up to stay at a hotel for those nights.
We, BCCY, have a block of rooms at the Homewood Suites/Frisco. Very centrally located, and it has a hot tub, which is helpful for those sore muscles after a long day of sitting on those bleachers. It’s nice for our swimmers too! 🙂
We ran out of 25 rooms last year, so we’ve held 30 this time. (As of June 1, there were about a dozen rooms left on Friday and Saturday nights)
King Studio Suite – $115 + tax
King One Bedrm – $121 + tax
2 Queen 1 Bedr – $135 + tax
Rates include a very nice breakfast each day.
You can probably find a cheaper option, but for us the upside of location (one of the closest hotels to the natatorium), the hot tub (hard to find in Frisco) and staying with the rest of the team is worth a few extra bucks. Homewood Suites rooms also all have fully equipped kitchens which make it possible to recoup those few extra dollars by fixing our own dinners – healthier too!
The number to call is 214.816.0111 – be sure to ask for Margaret in Group Sales and ask for the Benbrook Barracudas block. Our rates have been negotiated as part of a discounted Lone Star package.
My suggestion would be that if you are thinking about Lone Star that you go ahead and hold your room sooner rather than later… There’s a 72-hr cancellation policy on all rooms.
If you have any questions, I would be glad to try and answer them – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your time, and hope to see you at the pool!
(Coach Bug’s husband)