Kinney Natatorium to Continue As Host of PIAA Swimming & Diving Championships Through 2028

by SwimSwam 4

May 22nd, 2024 High School, News

Courtesy: Bucknell Athletics

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has announced that Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium has been approved to remain the site of the PIAA Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming and Diving Championships through 2028.

Located within the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center, Kinney Natatorium opened in October of 2002 and has served as the home of Pennsylvania’s high school swimming and diving championship meet every year since 2005, with the exception of 2021 when the event was relocated due to COVID-19 restrictions. The four-day meet brings nearly 1,000 of the top swimmers and divers from all over the state every March. Sellout crowds regularly attend the meet, and it is televised on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

Already one of the finest aquatics facilities in the northeast, Kinney Natatorium is currently in the midst of a significant enhancement project. Last September it was announced that an anonymous alumni couple pledged $1.65 million toward the replacement of the pool’s two moveable bulkheads, two new high-definition video boards, a new Colorado Timing System, updates to the facility’s audio system, and the installation of permanent PTZ cameras to provide feeds to the video boards and live streams of swimming and water polo competitions.

Many of these enhancements will be implemented in time for the 2025 PIAA Championships, with full completion expected before the start of the Fall 2025 semester.

“Bucknell is proud to boast a first-class aquatics center, and the PIAA Championships represent a wonderful opportunity to show off Kinney Natatorium, our beautiful campus, and the charm of Lewisburg to visitors from all over the state of Pennsylvania every March,” said Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jermaine Truax. “I am extremely grateful to our generous donors who have funded this exciting enhancement project, which will keep Bucknell positioned to host major swimming and water polo championship events for many years to come.”

“PIAA appreciates the opportunity to continue their relationship with Bucknell University as the host of the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships for the next four school years, spanning 2025-28,” said PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert A. Lombardi. “PIAA is thrilled to continue our relationship with Bucknell University and Kinney Natatorium under the leadership of Tim Pavlechko, Gina Stockdale, Ian Dye, and Matt Stephens. Their assistance and cooperation in hosting a first-class championship at a tremendous venue provide the opportunity for our swimmers and divers to perform at the highest level. We are thankful to the Bucknell administration for their continued support of our championships.”

Throughout the school year, Kinney Natatorium is the home facility for Bucknell men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s water polo programs. The multi-purpose venue features a 50-meter by 25-yard Olympic class pool and also enhances the recreational aquatics opportunities for the Bucknell community. The two moveable bulkheads allow for multiple activities to take place simultaneously.

The facility has played host to several major events, most notably the 2005 NCAA Men’s Water Polo Championship. Every other year the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships are contested in Kinney, and it has also played host to several Eastern water polo championships and an exhibition game against the U.S. women’s water polo national team.

“The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau is thrilled that the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships is continuing its relationship with Bucknell University and Kinney Natatorium for four more years,” stated Visitor Bureau Executive Director Andrew Miller. “We have been welcoming PIAA officials, teams, coaches, and fans to the Susquehanna River Valley since 2005, and by the end of this new contract, we will have had the privilege of welcoming them for more than two decades. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to showcase the river valley to all PIAA guests during its March event and welcome its positive impact on the visitor economy for the region.”

The 2025 PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships are slated for March 12-15.

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Penn State sucks
24 days ago

No Penn State lol

Reply to  Penn State sucks
24 days ago

Wild that Penn State’s $200 million/year athletics budget can’t create a facility to compete with Bucknell’s $30 million/year athletics budget.

PA swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
24 days ago

As someone that grew up in PIAA system and went to PSU…I agree.

Although that bucknell pool is pretty sweet, and it’s still central enough that it’s probably an ideal spot for States. Plus, you know, probably less hectic since it’s a much smaller school.

Reply to  Braden Keith
23 days ago

$700 million for the football stadium but not $10-15 million for a pool?