University of DC’s Pool Re-Opens
WASHINGTON, DC – University of DC President Allen L. Sessoms today helped cut the ribbon on a newly renovated natatorium in the University’s Aquatics Center.
“Having our Natatorium back in operation is a great benefit for our students and the community,” said University President, Dr. Allen L. Sessoms. “Our student-athletes, faculty, staff, and student body deserve a quality facility in which to train, and we encourage our community to come experience what we have to offer.”
The Natatorium features a 25-yard pool with six lanes, a separate diving well with a 1-meter diving board, a spectator grandstand, offices and locker rooms. Students, faculty and staff of the University of the District of Columbia Flagship and Community College campuses may use the facility at no cost. Individuals not belonging to the University may use the Natatorium during designated hours through purchase of a 20-use pass for $100 or a daily use pass for $7.
According to Vice President for Real Estate, Barbara Jumper, the project initially only called for a repair of the pool’s existing mechanical system and some interior upgrades, but in order to ensure the most beneficial return on the University’s capital investment, the project was enhanced to include replacing the pool’s antiquated mechanical system.
“We are very pleased to have played a role in re-opening one of the University’s more popular amenities,” Jumper said. “Over the past two years, the facility has undergone a comprehensive renovation. This project is considered to have resulted in developing a space that better reflects the University’s position as a premier flagship institution in the nation’s capital. With the renovation completed, the facility can return to being a critical part of the academic program as well as a valued community asset.”
The brand new facility will eventually be home to two new Division II sport teams - men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Lauren Fuchs, who was announced the Aquatics Director and Head Swimming Coach on September 17th, 2012, is currently in the process of building a women’s swimming and diving program while the school is still in the planning stages of adding a men’s program sometime in the future.
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Pictured left to right: Aquatics Director Lauren Fuchs, Student Trustee Ollo Jean Pooda, Barbara Jumper, Dr. Allen Sessoms, Athletics Director Patricia Thomas, Trustee Jerome Shelton.