“It’s a big upgrade,” said a wide-eyed and smiling Emma Loveland while standing on the edge of the brand new pool at the Buncombe County Schools Aquatic Center. The T.C. Roberson Swim Team co-captain notes that the facility will be well-used by current and future swimmers and is a much needed and welcomed amenity.
The Aquatic Center had its official ribbon cutting on Jan. 25 with Commission Chair Brownie Newman and Commissioners Joe Belcher, Amanda Edwards, and Al Whitesides representing the entire Board of Commissioners. “This is a project that has been talked about for a long time… so we’re really excited to see it come online after many years of being discussed,” noted Newman. “It’s going to serve our community well for many years to come.”
Meantime, T.C. Roberson Swim Team co-captain Nick Loomis noted the logistics of practicing and holding meets at the school will be significantly easier for him and others across the County. “This means a lot more representation for swimming as a whole sport,” he exclaimed.
The pool features ten lanes and is 25 yards long and can also be used perpendicularly for 25-meter competitions. The Buncombe County Schools Aquatic Center Pool was designed primarily as a competition pool for high school events. Accommodations were made for multi-purpose uses such as swim lessons, training programs, physical education, Masters swimming competitions, therapy, and other public and semi-public uses.