Olympic Champions Michael Phelps, Greg Louganis, and Jenny Thompson are the most notable swimmers who have competed at the IU Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis. Also called “The Nat” by its patrons, the venue is known as one of the world’s fastest pools, a fact Indianapolis is very proud of.
|Video of the catwalk at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis|
Built in 1982, the IU Natatorium has hosted the USA Olympic trials, the 2003 Mega Zone Championships, and the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. The annual IHSAA boys’ and girls’ swimming championships are also held at the Indiana University Natatorium.
Since the teams’ inception in 1998, the Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have called the Natatorium their home. The “Main Competition Pool” holds eight lanes that are 50 meters in length, with a depth of 9 feet at each end and 10 feet at the middle of the pool. Moveable bulkheads enable long or short events, water polo and synchronized swimming in the facility. The largest indoor pool in the United States, the IU Natatorium can seat up to 4,700 viewers, with the option of an additional 1,500 on deck.
|Video of the IHSAA 2009 Girl’s Swimming State Finals at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis|
For training and Indianapolis media purposes, the main pool also touts six underwater windows to make filming easy. To date, 90 American records and 12 world records have been set at the IU Natatorium.
For more information on the IU Natatorium, please visit the arena’s homepage.
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