Cal Finalizes Plans for New $15 Million Dollar Aquatics Facility

Following suit of their Pac 12 rivals USC, the University of California, Berkeley, has announced plans to construct a new $15 million aquatics facility to supplement the existing Spieker Aquatics Complex.

This is a renewed sign of commitment for an aquatics program that has been one of the most successful in the country for the last five years: an about-face to early in the millennium when many feared for the future of the swim teams.

The new pool will be an athletics-only facility, which will open up more time in Spieker for the general student body.

The project will be funded by Cal Aquatic Legends, an alumni donor group; that group, in fact, has negotiated for full control over the construction of the facility, including working with architects and supervising the construction on land that has been granted by the university.

The new facility would have a 50-meter by 25-yard outdoor pool, as well as a new platform diving tower. Cal has sent Kahley Rowell to the NCAA Championships as a platform diver the last two years, despite her having to use Stanford’s facility to train.

This pool won’t be quite as elaborate as the remodeled aquatics center at USC that broke ground late last year, but it will be able to seat 500 spectators and should be more than enough to host dual meets and water polo matches (though the school has declared its primary function as training). It will, however, put Cal into the ranks of schools with multiple 50-meter pools on campus alongside programs like Stanford and Tennessee.

Construction of the new pool is expected to take 12-15 months to complete. The new facility will be located on the very southwest corner of campus, replacing an old parking lot, and about a block away from Spieker.

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weirdo

Great for Cal. Where in relation to the old pool is this new one going to be built? How far away?

Joel Lin

It’s right next to the organic coffee bar across from the 1960’s Grateful Dead motif clothier on…
oh, never mind. Now I just got you more lost.

DutchWomen

“The project will be funded by Cal Aquatic Legends, an alumni donor group; that group, in fact, has negotiated for full control over the construction of the facility, including working with architects and supervising the construction on land that has been granted by the university.”

This is key right here. Nothing worse than wanting to build a pool and then having university administrators slow it down. FUBU….swimmers know best.

Joe McCarthy

Could this be a push to keep Missy Franklin in college for 4 years? Or to at least keep her training there? (and other notable Olympic-level swimmers)

I don’t think there is anything other than injury that could keep Missy swimming in college for more than 2 years. She has already passed on several million dollars, but the amount she would lose in the 18 month run-up to the olympics would be too much to say no to (probably north of $5 million?).

aswimfan

I think she will definitely stay on training with Mckeever even after she goes pro after 2 years.
She and her family regard education as very important.

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