MMSU inaugurates new swimming pool

By Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr.


Nine years after its closure, the Olympic-size swimming pool of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) is now operational, after undergoing a Php 40 million-worth rehabilitation. 


MMSU inaugurated the swimming pool through a blessing and turn-over ceremony attended by university officials last January 22. 


The rehabilitated swimming pool has a size of 50 meters by 25 meters, a depth of 1.8 meters to 2.3 meters (equivalent to 5.9 feet to 7.5 feet), and eight lanes. 


Beside the swimming pool is a new function hall, accommodation rooms, and a gazebo which is being eyed to be a venue for occasions and other recreational activities. 


The rehabilitation started in August 2019 as one of the infrastructure projects under the leadership of University President Shirley C. Agrupis. 


With the completion of the project, President Agrupis expressed her joy because the facility is already transformed into a state-of-the-art one.


She added that for many years, the swimming pool has catered to academics, sports, and recreational needs of all stakeholders. Particularly, it has served as a venue in teaching physical education classes, conducting laboratory activities, and has become a training ground for swimming athletes.


The MMSU president also urged the university constituents to take part in maintaining the facility because “it is not just a grant from the national government but a blessing to everyone for our bid to become the premier university in the country.” 


The university’s Center for Human Movement Studies (CHuMS) will serve as the caretaker of the facility. 


Records show that the old swimming pool of the university main campus was constructed in 1982 and was inaugurated on February 20, 1984. (StratCom)

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