Coleman’s Carpool: SMU Coaches Share Memories from Legendary Facility

In Coleman’s Carpool we get the insider’s perspective on your favorite swimmers. SwimSwam Head of Production, Coleman Hodges, invites swimmers to take a ride with him and talk about anything…except swimming. Mostly.

Recently in Dallas, SwimSwam took SMU head women’s coach Steve Collins, accompanied by men’s assistant Mitch Dansky, out for a carpool interview. SMU has seen a lot of change in a short amount of time, with their brand new Robson and Lindley aquatic facility opening it’s doors on November 8th, 2017. Before that, both men’s and women’s teams were accustomed to making do with a 6-lane, 25-yard pool to share between both programs.

Steve and Mitch discuss at length their fondest memories from the Legendary Perkins Natatorium, which saw the birth of the popular SMU Classic meet. Collins’ reminisces on a dual meet where the women’s team broke the Georgia women’s dual meet winning streak at SMU, a Georgia team that included the likes of Olympic medalist Kristy Kowal. Collin’s goes on to discuss all that goes into building a state of the art facility from the ground up, and the relationships and rallying from alumni to get the program to where it is today.

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2 years ago

Love that my young daughter is able to swim in this beautiful facility with the Dallas Mustangs. Thanks to all who made the pool happen!

Sam Kendricks
2 years ago

Mrs. Bairds Bread smell wafting across Highland Park and SMU… those are fond memories from my high school and age group swimming days! Perkins Natatorium was an iconic pool indeed! Eddie, Steve, Jim and their alums and benefactors have done a great job in lining up the new facility.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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