Construction of the IU Natatorium was completed in the summer of 1982 leading into the National Sports Festival. Lead design consultant for the project was legendary IU swimming coach, Dr. James “Doc” Counsilman.
First Olympic Diving Trials
Individuals who qualify for an Olympic Team at the Natatorium have their name and event listed on the wall behind the diving platforms.
Second Olympic Diving Trials held at the IU Natatorium
Legendary diver, Greg Louganis qualified for his fourth Olympics and went on to win two gold medals at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Third Olympic Diving Trials held at the IU Natatorium
IU graduate Mark Lenzi won the 3 meter springboard competition. He went on to win gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Greg Louganis also competed in the 1992 Olympic Games.
1996 Olympic Swimming Trials
Olympic Swimming Trials
This represented the third time the Trials were held at the IU Natatorium. Amy Van Dyken qualified for the team and went on to be the first American female athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics at the 96 games. The Synchronized Swimming Trials were also held at the IU Natatorium. Amy Van Dyken qualified for the team here and went on to be the first American female athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Olympic Swimming Trials
The trials included Indiana’s own Lindsay Benko who went on to earn gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Her banner hangs above the competition pool. Michael Phelps also qualified here in 2000 for his first Olympics Games at the age of 15. “It’s always been a great pool for me to swim in.” – Michael Phelps
Olympic Diving Trials
David Boudia grew up training at the Natatorium and qualified for the team setting an American record in the process. He later went on to win a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics. This represented the 5th time the Trials were held at the Natatorium. “This is my home turf.” – David Boudia
USA Swimming World Championship Trials
Aaron Peirsol set a world record that still stands today in the 100 M backstroke. “I knew I could do something special.” Aaron Peirsol.
NCAA 1 Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
This event was part of a multi-year commitment by the NCAA to hold their swimming and diving championships at the Natatorium.
The IU Natatorium began a $20 million renovation
“The planned improvements will allow the Natatorium to provide swimmers and divers at all levels-as well as fans of the sport – with a world-class facility for years to come, further strengthening the strong partnership between IU and the City. - Michael A. Mc.Robbie, IU President.