Olympians, national champions and All-Americans have all trained in the waters of TCU under legendary coach Richard Sybesma.
In over three decades as the leader of the TCU swimming and diving program, Sybesma has seen his facilities grow alongside his program. The original home of the swimming and diving program was the Cyrus K. and Ann C. Rickel Building, which featured a 25-yard pool and separate 22-foot diving well. The pool was equipped with eight-foot-wide lanes complemented by an advanced Colorado Electronic timing system and scoreboard.
The facility had long-served the Frogs' swimming and diving program well, but in January 2003, a complete remodel of the facility came to light. As part of the University Recreation Center complex, the swimming and diving facility received a major renovation. Improvements to the aquatic facility included new locker rooms, swimmer's lounge area, underwater windows for stroke analysis in addition to new offices, which overlook the pool for the TCU coaching staff.
The 25-yard pool has also been equipped with an advanced Daktronics Electronic timing system and scoreboard along with an new sound system. in addition, the 22-foot diving well is located next to the pool and features one- and three-meter springboards, a five-meter platform and an outdoor dry board.
The Frogs also take advantage of the 15-meter Sprint Tank, which gives the swimming program a competitive advantage. Here are several activities and amentities that the Sprint Tank includes:
- Power Racks - increases speed and power
- Starting Blocks - provides extra space to work uninterrupted on starts and relay exchanges
- Stretch Cords - simulates race pace and provides resistance training
- Vertical Kicking - helps build leg strength
- Breath Control Kicking - simulates a spring race
- Underwater Work - uses cameras to develop better underwater techniques
The facility features an elevated viewing area that can easily seat over 1,000 fans and competitors. With the crowd, remodeled facilities and upgraded videoboard and sound system, it's no wonder why the TCU men's and women's swimming and diving programs remains one of the top programs in the Mountain West Conference.
While the University Recreation Center is considered home, the Frogs also have the luxury of having a 2,800-square-foot outdoor pool down the street from the TCU campus. The eight-lane, 50-meter pool offers the Frogs a chance to train outside and takes advantage of the Texas heat that extends into the fall semester.