November 4, 2013
Springfield, Mo., Nov. 4, 2013 — Breech Pool, the home pool for the defending national champion men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at Drury, is undergoing its first renovation in 27 years.
The Breech pool renovations started a little over a year ago, and include everything from updating the visual appeal of the pool to improving behind-the-scenes equipment. Workers took down the old acoustical tile, painted the ceiling black, installed a new timing system, and changed out the lighting, which now uses one-third of the power of the previous system. The ultraviolet lighting system also allows the pool to run lower levels of chlorine in the water, which helps to improve the air quality for both athletes and spectators.
After draining the pool, workers water-blasted all the plaster off of the surface and replaced it with tile, which will last longer and require less maintenance. Additionally, the pool deck has been updated with a more slip-resistant surface.
“These renovations have been long overdue, but they have definitely prepared us for the coming years,” said Brian Reynolds, Drury’s head swim coach.
The biggest improvements include the installation of a new HVAC system and new air handling equipment, which cuts down on the heat and humidity in the pool area.
The new renovations have greatly improved the air and water quality. There was recently a youth club swim meet in the Breech pool and Reynolds said that parents were especially impressed with the updates, “Aesthetically, this has always been a beautiful pool from the amount of natural light available. The sliding glass doors allow us to open it up, which draws in passersby. With the renovations, we have ultimately improved the overall experience for athletes and spectators and made it a more enjoyable place to be in.”
The renovations aren’t entirely complete, new windows will be installed around the perimeter of the building. This will decrease condensation on the windows.
The Drury swimming and diving program truly deserves the improvements as it has won the last nine consecutive men’s national swimming and diving championships and four out of the last five on the women’s side. Reynolds said, “the athletes are noticing the difference everyday—the water is cleaner and clearer and the better air quality makes it perfect for training.”
Drury swimming and diving will show off its newly refurbished facility on their first official home meet on Nov. 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. against Delta State.
Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, a junior English and writing major at Drury University