Aquatic & Fitness Center
450 Whitehead Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903
The University of Virginia Aquatic & Fitness Center opened during the summer of 1996. The 98,000 square-foot, $18.5 million complex features an Olympic-sized pool, warm-water pool, whirlpool and sauna, fitness areas and locker rooms, as well as classrooms, a dining area and a bookstore. The 50-meter pool features advanced lane lines and gutters, as well as a short course that ranges from seven to 14 feet in depth. Memberships are available, but eligibility depends on your affiliation with the University of Virginia.
The Aquatic & Fitness Center Phase II projected was completed in May of 2004. This project added a three-court gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, additional multipurpose rooms, a cycling room and expanded free weight and cardiovascular exercise areas. The state-of-the-art facility marks a substantial improvement in training facilities for the Cavaliers, who lacked an Olympic-sized pool in their prior facility.
The Aquatic Center provides a further boost to the success of the Cavaliers, previously one of only two teams to finish in the national Top 20 without an Olympic-sized pool. "When young athletes look at a school, they look at the facilities because that tells the athlete something about the program," said head coach Mark Bernardino. "With this facility, we are showing our potential student-athletes that we are interested in recruiting athletes with national and international aspirations, and that we are committed to the long-term excellence of the University of Virginia swimming and diving program." In the summer of 2009, a 5-meter platform tower was added to the facility, adding a missing piece instrumental to the growth and development of the UVa diving program. The Aquatic & Fitness Center served as the site for the Men's and Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2004.