University of Texas Facilities: Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center
- Swimming and diving fan guide
- Seating diagram
- Area accessibility map
- Overview, accessibility and parking
- Physical address: 1900 Red River St., Austin TX 78712
During the summer of 2001, The University of Texas began construction on a three million-dollar renovation to the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Already regarded as one of the finest and fastest collegiate swimming centers in the country, the Jamail Texas Swim Center has now been upgraded into a category all its own. The 50-meter pool, which holds 880,000 gallons of water, added a newly-remodeled moveable bulkhead and new underwater windows. The bulkhead was constructed out of 25,000 pounds of aluminum and engineered to run on a track; they also can be raised to the ceiling in order to alter lane lengths for different events. The underwater windows were constructed out of four-layered, heat-strengthened glass, enabling light to enter the pool and allowing for an interesting spectator view. The swim center also reconstructed its patio entrance, as well as adding a new handicap seating area, which are both ADA certified. Additionally, a high-tech sound booth overlooking the entire complex has been constructed with new theatre-quality speakers which have been installed throughout the facility.
The facility was modeled after the pool used for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. It officially opened its doors to competitors 1979 and built to accommodate competitive swimming, diving and water polo events in scholastic, collegiate, US Swimming, FINA and Olympic categories.
Moveable bulkheads, lowered from the ceiling, can change the 50-meter pool into either a 25-meter or 25-yard short course. The pool is nine feet deep and 75-feet, one-inch wide, providing eight-foot lanes with generous side protective lanes. The pool has "rim-flow" gutters, which drastically reduce turbulence. The pool depth and bulkhead position also help reduce turbulence, making it one of the fastest pools in the world.
Timing, Judging and Scoreboard
An electronic timing system determines elapsed time, order of finish and lap splits for each lane to .001 second, which are transmitted to a large display scoreboard. Judges' stations at the diving pool also compute and transmit scoring to the display.
The Browning Diving Pool
The Browning Diving Pool measures 75-feet, one-inch wide and 15 to 18 feet deep. It has four one-meter and six three-meter springboards, and a diving tower with five separate platform heights. The diving pool is designed to maximize both performance and judges' views.
Both the swimming and diving pools are lighted by overhead and underwater lights, and both are equipped with underwater speakers and diving windows.
Spectators enjoy an excellent view of the action from the 2,100-seat grandstand. During major competitions, portable bleachers on the deck level can accommodate 500 additional fans.