About the Facility
Dartmouth swimmers and divers have the advantage of exceptional pool and weight-training facilities. The Big Green swimming complex features two pools with a total of 15 25-yard lanes as well as two 50-meter lanes.
The cornerstone is the Karl Michael Pool, which features six racing lanes and seating for 400 spectators. Built in 1963 and designed by former Dartmouth swim captain R. Jackson Smith '36, the Michael Pool was host to the 1968 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship. In 1970, it was formally named in honor of the legendary Big Green swim coach, who headed the Dartmouth program from 1939-1970. The Michael Pool's diving area features one- and three-meter boards with Durafirm and Maxiflex equipment and a water well 12 to 17 feet deep.
Adjacent is Spaulding Pool, a 25 yard, 4-lane pool constructed in 1919. The walls surrounding Spaulding still feature the beautiful mosaic tile installed during the original construction phase 85 years ago.