WATCH: Wisconsin Breaks In New Aquatics Facility

The Wisconsin Badgers christened their brand-new aquatics facility this week, with video of the sparkling 50-meter pool on Instagram.

The University of Wisconsin has been working on the facility for some time, with delays this summer related to the coronavirus pandemic. The new pool is part of the Nicholas Recreation Center, or ‘the Nick’, replacing the school’s old 50-meter training pool. Wisconsin previously held its meets in the 56-year-old UW Natatorium, an 8-lane, 25-yard pool with limited spectator seating.

The new pool looks like quite an upgrade. Wisconsin posted video of its swimmers taking in the new facility during their first masked and socially-distanced practice there this week:

“This has been a long time coming,” head coach Yuri Suguiyama says in the video. “Given everything we’re going through right now, this is just such a beam of light for our program. What an awesome day, a historic day… we couldn’t be happier to be here.”

The new facility has a separate diving well with platforms, as well as spectator seating. The old facility only had diving platforms up to the 5-meter level and not the 10-meter version.

The Wisconsin men were 4th among 10 programs at last year’s Big Ten Championships, and the Badger women were 5th out of 13 programs.

In other Wisconsin-related news, the program still doesn’t have a new diving coach to announce. The athletic department says that due to the hiring freeze as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, the diving position remains open. The position has been open since Landon Marzullo left after last season when his wife got a new job in another part of the country.

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Bucky Backstroke
11 months ago

Congrats to the Badgers, facility looks amazing

CannonBall
11 months ago

Beautiful !

urahrah
11 months ago

That pool is a dream. Congrats to Wisconsin on building an amazing facility!

Just A Swammer
11 months ago

I want to swim in that pool so badly!

Guerra
11 months ago

Now it’s time to coach the kids up. They’ve had a problem with that in the past.

coach
Reply to  Guerra
11 months ago

Yuri is doing a great job with the program.

Guerra
Reply to  coach
11 months ago

Early returns are good, but people say that all the time. They’ve got a lot of work to do.

SwimFan49
Reply to  Guerra
11 months ago

You’re not paying close enough attention to their improvement since Yuri arrived. To say nothing of the recruiting classes he’s having, esp. on the women’s side.

How
Reply to  Guerra
11 months ago

We can always count on Guerra to have a terrible take in the swimswam comments.

coach
11 months ago

A great blessing to see positive swimming news, especially in terms of college swimming! Congrats Badgers!

B1Guy!
11 months ago

Nooooice! *Ders Voice*

swimfast
11 months ago

so beautiful

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