University Aquatic Center World Class Facility
The Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, located east of Cooke Hall on the Minneapolis campus, was built in 1990. For over 25 years is has been the premier aquatics venue in the Midwest, hosting over 50 events annually. Nearly two acres in size, the Aquatic Center houses the Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool, a 50-meter competition pool, eight lanes wide and eight feet deep, with a movable bulkhead. The separate diving well features a pair of one-and three-meter boards, as well as 1, 5, 7.5 and 10-meter diving platforms. In addition to the 1,346 permanent seats, there is room for 1,200 on deck in temporary bleachers. In 2012, the Aquatic Center upgraded to a new video display system which turns our events into professional-level productions. The open feel of the venue is enhanced by skylights which run the length of the ceiling in both the competition and spectator areas, reducing the need for electric lighting at daytime events. Fifty-four loudspeakers surrounding the pool give it amazing acoustics and swimmers will be sure to be fast off the start with our state-of-the-art starting blocks!
The Aquatic Center has been the site for some of the top swimming and diving events in the country including five Men’s Big Ten Championships (1994, 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2011), seven Women’s Big Ten Championships (1991, 1996, 1999, 2004 2007, 2013 and 2014), and ten NCAA Championships. We have also hosted numerous national and international competitions including the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships in 1998, 2002, the Speedo Junior National Swimming Championships in 2008 and 2016, and we were the site of the U.S. Open in 2003, 2008, and 2016. In addition, we have played host to every Boys and Girls High School State Championship meet since the pool opened in 1990!
And even though we love to celebrate our big events, we are most proud of the fact that on a daily basis we serve the needs of hundreds of members of the University community by holding lap swim for students, faculty and staff, and that we open our doors to local youth club team for practices and competitions throughout the year. The Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center is a top notch training facility and we are glad to be able to share it with so many people including our Minnesota Swim Campers!
“The Jean Freeman Aquatic Center is one of the best racing facilities! I have been in pools all over the World our Aquatic Center remains my favorite. I have had some of my lifetime best performances in Minneapolis and our pool records speak for themselves.”
-David Plummer, Golden Gopher Multiple time All American and 2016 Olympic Gold and Bronze Medalist, Team USA
"The University of Minnesota Aquatic Center is one of the best aquatic venues in the country, if not the world. From the leading training facilities (50m pool/double 8-lane 25scy pool and a fully-loaded diving-well with bubble machine), to the supplemental amenities (hot tub, cold tubs, physical therapy offices, trampolines, kick plates on the blocks, etc.), the UofM Aquatic center provides a world-class environment that has produced some of the world’s best athletes, including Olympic medalists."
-Jillian Tyler, 2011 NCAA Champion 200 Breaststroke, 2008 and 2012 Canadian Olympian