With the city approving the removal of the special use permit for the property on which the Phoenix Swim Club’s home pool has sat for decades, the club will officially be out of its water likely sometime in the year 2014.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the team will be without a home. That’s because the Phoenix Swim Club is finalizing a contract to become the operators of the brand new pool located at the Phoenix Country Day School in the nearby Paradise Valley area.
That pool will feature a 50 meter competition pool, a 25-yard warm-up pool, and a diving well with 1 and 3 meter diving boards, all in open air.
The pool is expected to open late in the summer of 2014, and the Phoenix Swim Club hopes to be able to continue using their current pool, which is owned by Brophy Prep, until then.
“This kind of transition is never easy, but thanks to all the work by our board of directors and the patience of our membership, Phoenix Swim Club is coming out of this in a wonderful position for success,” Phoenix Swim Club head coach Garrett McCaffrey said.
The pool was sold by the Brophy Prep. school to the Ryland development company for over $6 million, with Ryland intending to develop it for homes. Brophy Prep has a legendary swimming history of its own, having won 26-straight Arizona High School State Championships, and plans to bring its pool back to campus, meaning that despite the loss of a hub facility, the amount of competitive pool space in Phoenix will actually increase in 2014. The current Phoenix Swim Club is about a 10 minute drive from Brophy.
The Phoenix Country Day School is only about 2 miles east of where the current Phoenix Swim Club location is (Brophy is about 4 miles west), so it shouldn’t vastly change the Phoenix Swim Club’s membership demographic.
As a part of the plan, the Arizona Marlins, who occupy PCD’s current pool, will merge with the Phoenix Swim Club. The Arizona Marlins are a small team, but still have an impressive history of producing collegiate-level talent. The two programs are still working out details on how the coaching structure of the combined team will look, but Marlins coaches Mike and Ken Maczuga are expected to be a part of the equation.