The Mission Viejo Nadadores have returned to the Marguerite Aquatic Center after it was officially reopened on April 7th. The pool marks the return of the historic team to its home after a $11 million renovation that had the team spending about 18 months training at 11 different high school and municipal facilities in-and-around Mission Viejo.
The 4-hour grand reopening event included appearances by Olympians, including Greg Louganis, Rowdy Gaines, and Mission Viejo alum Brian Godell. There was also a diving demonstration, water obstacle courses, and games like an “Olympic ring toss.”
The 44-year old Marguerite Aquatics Center was redesigned with intentions of hosting more national and international competitions. That includes a new dive tower with a full-complement of diving platforms that makes it the only facility on the west coast capable of hosting synchronized diving competitions.
Photos from the event were posted on Twitter by Kevin Sullivan.
The Grand re-opening of the Marguerite Aquatic Center in #MissionViejo home of the #Nadadores @briangoodell @greglouganis @RowdyGaines More photos @ocregister .com pic.twitter.com/9qF1dLYcOg
— Kevin Sullivan (@sullikevphoto) April 8, 2018
The club was formed in 1968, making this year its 50th anniversary. By 1974, the Nadadores women won their first National Title. Since then, the club has won 47 team national championships, 12 Olympic gold medals, 7 Olympic silver medals, 1 Olympic bronze medal, 5 world championships, and 148 event national championships. The team’s athletes have 91 American Record and 22 World Record performances to their names.