Lancaster Aquatic Center
The University of Kentucky's Lancaster Aquatic Center, which opened March 29, 1989, represents the finest in collegiate swimming and diving facilities.
The facility was used as a training site for the 1996 United States Olympic Diving Team for one week leading up to the Olympic Games.
The natatorium is named for Harry C. Lancaster, former Athletics Director (1968-1976) and an assistant basketball coach (1946-70) to Kentucky's legendary Adolph Rupp.
The indoor facility is 25 yards by 176 feet with a movable bulkhead which can be set at 25 yards, 25 meters,
50 yards and 50 meters. The movable bulkhead allows the facility to be used for a number of activities other
than swim meets and practices, including recreational swimming aquatic classes, swimming and diving
lessons, scuba instruction, handicapped swimming and other aquatic-related activities.
Racing lanes can be set up in five configurations: across-the-pool racing at 25 yards, 25 meters, 50 yards and
50 meters. Two 25-yard courses can be utilized for large swim meets. Eighteen swimming lanes are available
while diving events are in progress. Long course racing will have eight full-size lanes for the 50-meter distance.
The swimming tank, which holds 1,025,000 gallons of water, has a raised deck gutter with a large overflow.
This gutter design is similar to the Indianapolis Natatorium design. Pool depth varies from 4.3 feet to 6.5 feet
at the shallow end utilizing a movable floor of 35 by 75 feet. Water under the diving boards and tower is 17
feet deep. The natatorium features Daktronic automatic timing for swim meets. A 16 by 23 foot wall mounted
scoreboard containing 15,360 individual "Glo-Cube" pixels allows full display of information for eight lane
and 16 lane swim meets. The scoreboard can also display graphics and animation sequences.
The diving facilities are among the best in the world. The facility has two 1-meter boards and two 3-meter
boards set on concrete platforms. Each platform is eight feet wide with lengths from 23 feet to 28 feet.
Winner of the 1990 Association of General Contractors Award for Structures, the tower also has the only
operating "force plate" in the world on the 10-meter level. This electronically measures the force exerted by
the divers as they leave the platform. The University and U.S. Diving Inc. conduct research utilizing the force plate.
There is a 40-foot dryland diving area permanently set up with a trampoline, Portapit diving board and two diving/tumbling harnesses for somersaulting and twisting practice.
The Aquatic Center has a full training room equipped with two treatment tables, EGS and ultrasound
machine, hydrocollator, and ice machine. There is a trainer on duty at all times during practices.
The Aquatic Center has a weight room for the swimmers and divers equipped with Cybex weight training
machines. In the adjacent Seaton Physical Education building are exercise physiology labs which are utilized for the testing of swimmers and divers.
The second balcony of the Aquatic Center accommodates up to 750 spectators and has a concession stand area.
In addition to hosting the 1996 U.S. Olympic Diving Team, the Aquatic Center annually hosts the premier
swimming and diving events in the state of Kentucky, including all UK home meets, the Kentucky State High
School Championships, the Kentucky USS Championships, Zone and Regional Age Group and Senior
Diving meets, Kentucky Special Olympics, and Bluegrass Games Diving meets. Highlights at the Aquatic
Center have been the 1991 Southeastern Conference Championships, the 1995 Southeastern Conference
Diving Championships, the 1995 NCAA Zone B Diving Championships and the 1990 World Games Diving Team Trials.
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