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World Class Aquatics

The ATLANTA 1996 Swimming Program is one of the strongest sports of the Center. The program boasts of a world class facility with a world class coach in Doug GJERTSEN. The swimming program is multifaceted in that it can be personalized for camps, short term or long term programs. If you want to be part of the cutting edge team join the ATLANTA 1996 Swimming Program.

Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center was the site of all swimming, diving and synchronized swimming competition as well as the swimming portion of the modern pentathlon during the Centennial Olympic Games in the summer of 1996. The Aquatic Center provides the ATLANTA 1996 and Georgia Tech with a world-class venue for aquatic sports and serves as an important element of the physical legacy of the Games. The 1,900-seat main stadium contains a competition pool and dive pool.

The Georgia Tech Aquatic Center

The competition pool is 50 meters by 10 lanes, with two movable bulkheads so that courses can be set up for 25 yards, 25 meters or 30 meters for water polo. It also features a movable floor which can be set from zero depth to seven feet, eight inches.

The dive pool features one- and three-meter springboards plus one-, three-, five-, seven and a half- and 10-meter platforms, as well as a Spargar system that sends a mass of bubbles from the bottom of the tank to ease entry into the water.

The original $21 million facility was funded entirely by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG). Construction on the facility began in July 1994 and was completed in time to host the VIIth Synchronized Swimming World Cup in August 1995. The newly-renovated enclosure of the GTAC is part of an over $45 million expansion to the CRC.

There is full ventilation of the facility, including humidity control and air conditioning. The facility has indirect natural sunlight coming through high glass windows on one side.

The facility includes men's and women's locker rooms, each containing 35 double-width lockers, with a team meeting room situated between the two.

Coaching Staff

Douglas GJERTSEN — ATLANTA 1996 Swimming Head Coach, 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist 1988, Olympic Bronze Medal 1992, NCAA Champion 1987-90, University of Texas

Our Programs Consists of:
Introduction: Staff, Facility and Coaching Staff
Physical Assessment: Aerobic, Anaerobic
Skills Assessment according to Discipline: Skill level, Strengths, Weaknesses, Success Strategy
Training Meeting: Coaching Staff, Goals, Objectives, Expectations, Strategic Planning including Milestones
Educational Planning: If applicable
Nutrition Program: Evaluation, Education, Implementation, Evaluation
Competition Program: Developing a competition schedule to enhance overall performance
Support System: ATLANTA 1996 Staff, Medical, Nutritional, Sports Psychology, Educational Advisors