WOU aquatic center gets national honor

MONMOUTH - Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool at Western Oregon University was recently honored as having one of the country's best aquatic programs.



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Central High's swim teams are among the users of Woverton Memorial Pool at Wester Oregon University.

MONMOUTH - Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool at Western Oregon University was recently honored as having one of the country's best aquatic programs.

The United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA) included Wolverton in its Top 25 programs for 2007.

The Florida-based nonprofit organization promotes education and certification in water exercise and aquatic programs.

The award takes into account the number of nationally certified lifeguards and instructors, the variety of instructional offerings, community outreach and other qualities.

Western's pool was one of three to be recognized in Oregon and was one of three university facilities nationwide to make the list, which also includes athletic clubs and city pools.

Wolverton serves about 6,300 users annually, both students and community users.

"I really feel like the pool is underused," said Melissa Ineck, Western's aquatic and recreation programs coordinator. "I want people to know we're here."

Wolverton has tripled the number of swimming lessons it offers in recent years, and runs popular water aerobics and scuba programs, Ineck said.

The pool is a practice and conditioning site for swim teams from Central and West Salem high schools, the university's sports teams and ROTC officer candidates.

A mural of Western's wolf mascot was recently painted inside the facility. A therapy pool, spa and improved locker rooms may be erected in the next few years as part of a new student recreation center project that includes Wolverton.

Wolverton Memorial Swimming Pool offers lap and free swim sessions at $3 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. Term passes - usually 10-11 weeks in duration - are $50 for adults and $40 for children and seniors.

For schedules and other information: 503-838-8701 or www.wou.edu/student/campusrec/aquatics.php.



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