2008 & 2016 US Olympic Swimming Trials Pools

Project Type:
Competition, Education and Training
Omaha, Nebraska

WTI has been continually hired as the aquatic planning and construction administration consultant for the 2008 and 2016 Olympic Trials swimming competition and warm-up pools.

The 50-meter, 10-lane competition pool, manufactured by Myrtha Pools, features dual filtration with two separate systems, providing redundancy and a unique upper and lower distribution of pool water return. The system was controlled so that only the lower inlet system was used during the events, therefore providing minimum surface disturbance and optimizing the pool's speed.

The warm-up pool, also by Myrtha Pools, was designed in an L-shape, and has eight 50-meter lanes and five 25-meter lanes.

Project Highlights
  • In an eight-day span, nine world records, 21 American records, 19 U.S. Open records and 45 meet records were set in the 2008 Olympic Trials competition pool by the following athletes: Michael Phelps, 400m IM Katie Hoff, 400m IM Hayley McGregory, 100m Back Natalie Coughlin, 100m Back Natalie Coughlin, 100m Back Aaron Peirsol, 100m Back Aaron Peirsol, 200m Back Michael Phelps, 200m IM, Margaret Hoelzer 200m Back
  • The first four rows of the Qwest Center Arena had to be removed in order to accommodate the pool.

2009 Gold Medal Winner Competition Pool

2009 Dream Design Showcase Competition Pool

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