Colby College to Build Maine’s First Olympic Size Swimming Pool

This past Friday Colby College began construction on a new multi-million dollar athletic center. The athletic center, which is estimated to cost $200 million, will be home to Maine’s first 50-meter, ‘Olympic sized’ swimming pool. The pool itself will by built by Myrtha – the company that manufacturers pools for most major international competition – the only one credited to the company in the state.

The facility is expected to draw athletes and fans from across the northeast. It will include an indoor competition center with a 200-meter track and a multi-level, squash and aquatic centers, as well as a hockey arena and coaching and training suites.

The pool will be the largest in the Northeastern Athletic Conference, Colby says.

“Our new pool will redefine the landscape of competitive swimming and diving in Maine and New England,”  said Colby College Head Swimming and Diving Coach Tom Burton. “We look forward to introducing some of the fastest swimmers in the country to Colby and helping the local economy.”

The addition of such a facility will not only boost the college’s finances– upon completion, the new center is projected to bring approximately $1 million in revenue to the Waterville downtown area. It is set to open in the summer of 2020.



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Erik Collins
6 years ago

$200 million? Is that a misprint?

Reply to  Erik Collins
6 years ago

Nope it’s 200 million that’s a lot of money for a small liberal arts college to spend on athletics.
Here’s more details.

6 years ago

OMG! YES! This is very good news!

6 years ago

That’s NESCAC or New England Small College Athletic Conference. It’s different than the NEC.

6 years ago

Stepping on up Maine ?

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Rachel Harvill

Rachel has been swimming ever since she can remember. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she learned to love swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquabears. She took her passion for swimming to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she primarily competes in sprint freestyle events. In addition …

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