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Swasey Indoor pool receives a "green" facelift

Contributing Writer

Published: Monday, September 21, 2009

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 16:02

On a quiet weekday morning, there is only Renée and the Swasey Indoor Pool.

"It feels good to be back swimming here," UNH junior Renée Gauthier said as she stepped out of the pool, wrapping herself in a towel and shivering slightly. "The pool looks a lot nicer too."

The new and improved Swasey Indoor Pool officially reopened Wednesday, Sept. 16.

"We haven't done any large scale renovations since its construction," said Cheryl Currier, aquatic coordinator with Campus Recreation.

The pool, located in the Field House, was dedicated in 1969 in honor of UNH's Coach Henry "Hank" C. Swasey. It wasn't until last year that renovations to the pool were deemed long overdue by Campus Recreation officials and the student body at large.

Last year, Student Senate approved a movement for $1.5 million to be granted toward renovating the pool. Renovations began July 20 and officially ended September 11.

After what has been a summer-long project, the pool has a new drain system, filters, tiling, spectator seat lighting, and a re-plastered pool floor. A redesigning of the pool's gutter systems has made the pool deeper, effectively expanding the depth range of four by 13 feet to 4.5 by 13.5 feet.

"A deeper pool makes for a faster pool by way of swimming dynamics," Currier said.

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