The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
is a pool facility located in Pasadena, CA adjacent to the Rose Bowl Stadium. It is best known as the training facility for the Rose Bowl Aquatics swim club, as well as Rose Bowl Masters swimming and Rose Bowl diving teams.
The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center opened in 1989 in the former site of the city's defunct Brookside Plunge. The project was funded with a $4.5-million city loan and $2 million in private donations, including a crucial final $430,000 from Pasadena neighbor, Dr. Gene Scott (w. Eugene Scott, Ph.D), who was also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and one of its founding directors.
Other events and usage
The pools hosted the final practices of the 2000 US Olympic swimming and diving team. In 2008, the facility held the US National Diving Championships
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Collegiate men's water polo competitions have been held for many years at the aquatics center. It was the home-away-home of the UCLA men's water polo team.
The famous cover art to Nirvana's
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album, a photo of a baby floating in a pool, was shot at the center. In 2008, the photo was recreated at the center by the same person as a teenager.
Rose Bowl Aquatics swim club
The Rose Bowl Aquatics swim club is home to many well known athletes, including Jason Lezak
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, Emily Adamczyk, and Kevin Kuhn. All three athletes have qualified for the world champions trials teams. Kristine Quance
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, an Olympic gold medalist, is currently a coach with the team.
Rose Bowl Masters Swimming Team consisting of ex-Olympians, former NCAA champions, and those with a desire to compete, coached by Chad Durieux, comes off another successful season placing 4th overall in the 2010 SPMA Short Course Meters Masters Championships at Belmont Plaza.