Indiana University’s Indoor Olympic-Sized Pool Closed Until October

Indiana University’s indoor Olympic-sized pool, the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, has been drained and out-of-commission since late July, the school confirmed to SwimSwam Tuesday.

The pool has been closed since July 23rd, when while undergoing its yearly maintenance and repairs, it was discovered that “multiple pool flanges” had deteriorated and were unusable. The parts needed to repair the pool are custom-made, and take multiple weeks to make and ship.

Post-grad Olympian Blake Pieroni was bummed upon his return home from Nationals and Pan Pacs:

The school is targeting October 1st to reopen the pool. In the meantime, the undergrad and post-grad teams will continue to practice in the outdoor 50-meter pool, and will have occasional use of the indoor 25-yard Royer Pool a the IU School of Public Health.

If the pool does reopen on schedule, it likely won’t affect the college team’s plans. Indiana did not participate in any NCAA meets until October 20th last year, but the 2018-2019 schedule has yet to be released.

IU’s pool opened in 1996, making it middle-of-the-pack in the scheme of Big Ten pool age. Michigan State (1957), Wisconsin (1967), Penn State (1967, but new plans announced), Nebraska (1976), Northwestern (1987), Michigan (1988, 1998 renovation), Minnesota (1990), and Rutgers (1991) are the schools that currently have older pools. Maryland (1998), Purdue (2001), Ohio State (2005), Illinois (2008), and Iowa (2009) opened more recently.

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is it just me or does a pool flange sound like a completely fake thing

Ed Rooney

If I were IU, I would replace the pool flange with a flux capacitor.

But wouldn’t that turn the whole thing into a hot tub time machine?



It’s similar to a panametric flange and works in conjunction with a retro-encabulator.


Whatever you gotta do to prevent side fumbling.

Is that like Butt Fumbling?


Fortunately, it’s completely different. It’s all about synchronizing the cardinal grammeters with the dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration and capacitive diractance.

It’s amazing how one play can totally define someone’s career.


Probably the Fetzer Valve. You know it’s all ball bearings these days.


Unfortunately, the age of Maryland’s pool is rather irrelevant.


Such a great facility, its Such a shame that they had to cut the program. Also, it’s one of the only pools that can hold larger meets in that region, many pools further north aren’t large enough to hold meets bigger than an age group championship.


And yet their football program and coaches–which will soon be found criminally negligent in the death of Jordan McNair–will just keep humming along and get as much money as it needs. It’s incredible that the flagship university in the home state of both Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky doesn’t have either a men’s or women’s program.

bob (not this bob

‘had to’


It’s money. Money money money. They make tons of money renting the pool for PVS LSC meets and selling hotdogs and popcorn.


Be nice if Maryland had a team to go with the pool


Shame that there’s virtually no swim talent or interest in swimming in the College Park catchment area of, say 45 mins in any direction, otherwise they might be able to recruit a competitive team. Smart they cancelled the program.

*presses finger to ear*

I’m hearing now that the greatest male and female swimmers in the modern era grew up in commuting distance of UMD…

*listens to earpiece again*

there are others you say?….Dolan?…Ziegler, right….any current swimmers? Kalisz, Seliskar, Conger?…I see

In conclusion, UMD was totally dumb to cut swimming, and squandered an opportunity to have a banner-earning sport with a flagship facility in a hotbed of talent with world-class coaching.


Let’s see, which members of the B1G Ten don’t have a swim team; Illinois? Women only. Indiana? Both men and women. Iowa? Both men and women. Michigan? both men and women. Michigan State? Both men and women. Minnesota? both men and women. Nebraska? Just women. Northwestern? Both men and women. Ohio State? Both men and women. Penn State? Both men and women. Purdue? Both men and women. Rutgers? Women only. Wisconsin? Both men and women. And then there is Maryland with neither and the only B1G Ten Conference institution without any swimming and yet with one of the better facilities in the conference (although hotter than hell on the deck). How long is it going to be before the B1G… Read more »


Rutgers and Maryland just recently joined the Big 10 from the Big East and the ACC, respectively, because the Big 10 wanted to branch into the NYC and DC media markets. This is what allows the conference to demand so much money to broadcast their football and basketball games. Doubtful they’ll ever face such an ultimatum, but I like the way you think!


If UnderArmor made swimsuits Maryland would have a team

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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