The University of Virginia Aquatic and 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.
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 and Fitness Center served as the site for the Men's and Women's ACC Swimming and Diving Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2004.