In the spring of 1998, the University of Northern Iowa completed construction of its new multipurpose student and athletic facility - the Wellness & Recreation Center.
The $14 million center is the home of the UNI swimming and diving teams.
The Wellness & Recreation Center pool consists of eight 25-yard lanes. All lanes are equipped with the Colorado Times Electronic Timing System. This system is connected to the large electronic scoreboard that allows spectators to follow the event's action in real time.
The pool also is surrounded by a closed gutter filtration system, which drastically reduces water turbulence, helping to increase the swimmer's speed.
The pool has two one-meter diving boards located poolside and two three-meter boards fitted on a diving platform located on the north end of the pool. The diving well has a depth of 13 feet.
Seating for meets includes elevated permanent seating for 300 spectators. The overlooking seating gives fans a spectacular, up-close perspective to watch the competition. Fans and parents also can take advantage of the pool's hospitality room during swimming meets.
In addition to the use by the Panther swimming and diving teams, the pool is open to the University of Northern Iowa community for recreational events, such as intramurals, swimming lessons, open swim, water aerobics and lifeguard certification classes.
Open daily to the UNI community, the rest of the Wellness & Recreation Center houses basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts, dance and exercise rooms, two weight rooms and an indoor track.
Wellness & Recreation Center Pool Facts
Year Opened: 1998
Rec. Center Website: www.uni.edu/wellrec
Seating Capacity: 300
*One eight-lane 25-yard course
*13' deep end, 4' shallow end
*Two one meter boards
*Two three meter boards
*Colorado Timing System
*Coaches office off deck
*Hospitality room off deck