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Sparkling New Pool Brings A Fresh Look To DVC Aquatics Program


The sight of crystal clear blue water returned to Diablo Valley College last month with the opening of a shining new aquatics facility that highlights the school’s premier water polo and swim programs.

Already, the state-of-the-art complex is getting rave reviews from those who use it most.

“I’m most looking forward to practicing every day in the pool, and racing meets in the pool,” said 18-year-old freshman swimmer Nate Wendling.

“Practicing in a super nice pool will definitely help me become faster.”

According to the swim team’s associate head coach, Lee Ward, “the new pool is great.” 

“It was something that needed to be done, but seemed to have been neglected,” Ward said. 

Women’s water polo and swimming head coach Trisha Quan beamed as she described the new infrastructure that is bringing a fresh face to the program. “The new Aquatics Complex facility is beautiful,” she said.

Now, “we have a great space to host our aquatics teams and classes. The Olympic-sized pool [which is 50 meters long and 25 yards wide] is ideal, and the on-deck locker rooms, offices and classroom provide comfort and convenience, making daily operations easy,” Quan added.

For the past two years, DVC athletes competing on the swim and water polo teams trained without a campus pool, traveling instead to the Cowell Community Pool in Concord to practice and compete. Construction on the pool, which was completed this summer, started in 2020.

The new aquatics facilities were funded by the $450 million Measure E bond project that Contra Costa County voters passed in 2014. The Aquatics Complex was upgraded with the rest of the athletics and kinesiology buildings, which in total cost $41 million to complete.

Now, finally, swimmer athletes at DVC have a place they can call their own.

“Having to travel to different training sites and not having a home pool has been a hardship for our athletes and aquatic staff,” said Quan.

With the new pool and facilities, “there’s more flexibility” in students’ schedules, added Ward, “since the travel time to the pool and school is significantly decreased.”

The new facilities are equipped to help coaches properly train athletes both in and out of the water. “Having the team rooms on-deck allows our student athletes to seamlessly flow from academics to sport,” Quan said. “The classroom allows us as coaches to provide our athletes with an additional dimension of coaching.” 

She added, “We are able to go from film review in the classroom directly to practice in the pool within moments. This will allow us to foster the game knowledge and IQ required for our athletes to take their games to another level.”

Last year, DVC posted successful results in both aquatics programs, despite lacking home meets or a campus pool to train in. The women’s water polo team finished fourth in the Big 8 Conference and qualified for the NorCal Regional Tournament.

Men’s water polo finished second in the Big 8 behind Sierra, and finished third in the NorCal Regional while almost qualifying for the State Championship.

The swim teams found success as well, with the women’s swim team taking home second place at Big 8 and seventh place in the State Championship. The men’s swim team finished third in the Big 8 and 23rd in the state.

Now, as DVC looks to further grow its swimming and water polo programs, the pool is expected to be a huge draw, motivating new people to join the teams and continue building a swim culture that connects the community.

“We hope that being back on campus will help grow all our programs to continue that tradition of excellence that past teams have forged,” said Quan.  

“We are excited to be back home to host games and meets and allow our community to once again root for and celebrate our teams. Our athletes work hard in and out of the pool and they deserve to play in front of their families, friends, and community.”

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    Donna SmithSep 14, 2023 at 9:13 am

    It’s great that our pool is back and open for our teams to use. At one point, faculty and staff were allowed set times to also use the pool for exercise. When will that occur again?