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Renovated IU Natatorium To Host Olympic Trials

The Olympic Diving trials will be held in the IU Natatorium.

Photo: J.D. Gray

The Olympic Diving trials will be held in the recently renovated IU Natatorium.

The Olympic Diving trials will be held in the recently renovated IU Natatorium.

The IU Natatorium held it’s grand reopening Tuesday afternoon. $20 million of renovations updated the natatorium before the grand re-opening.

Executive Director of the IU Natatorium, Michael Howe, says it was time to make upgrades.

“Well, the benefit is, the facility had not been renovated or had any major renovation done in nearly 30 years. So, if you imagine your own home. Mot doing much maintenance in over 30 years, and you’re going to need some major repairs. And it really brought our facility back to world class,” says Howe.

The tile deck, bleachers, diving platforms, and water filtration system were among the parts of the natatorium that received renovations

The natatorium is also the state’s first zero-waste athletic facility. That means 90 percent or more of all waste is recycled or composted. The upcoming Olympic Diving Trials will be the first Olympic event in a zero-waste facility.

Ryan Vaughn is the President of the Indiana Sports Corp. He says swimmers love the natatorium.

“Well, you actually swim faster in this pool. It’s taken some of the best features from pools all around the world and really put it into one. Specifically, the depth, the temperature of the water the depthness of the gutters, the way swimmers don’t necessarily run into their own wake. It allows them to go faster because there’s less resistance,” says Vaughn.

 The IU Natatorium is open to the public as well.

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