California Olympians Anthony Ervin, Caitlin Leverenz, Rachel Bootsma, Nathan Adrian, and Natalie Coughlin were at the University of California this evening to break ground on their new $15 million facility.
The new facility is being built primarily for training purposes, but will be able to accommodate around 500 spectators for swim meets and water polo matches. The facility will also be an athletics-only facility, which will open up more time in Spieker for the general student body.
California has been one of the most successful programs nation-wide in recent years. Their women’s team, led by triple individual event champion, Missy Franklin, won the NCAA Championship meet this season. The new pool is a renewed sign of commitment for an aquatics program that has produced multiple Olympians and NCAA Champions, including the athletes pictured below during the ground breaking ceremony.
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 will 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.
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.