Originally built for the 1996 Olympics, the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center was the site of all swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo events during the Centennial Games. The Aquatic Center, now located in the Campus Recreation Center, is enclosed for year round use and is home to the Georgia Tech swimming and diving teams. The Aquatic Center consists of a competition pool with stadium seating for 1,950 and a state-of-the-art diving well with eight lanes for warm-up and cool-down. The competition pool is 50 meters by 10 lanes, with two movable bulkheads. The competition pool is considered one of the fastest in the world due to its depth (8.5 feet to 10.5 feet), water flow control, deep gutters and wide lanes (9 feet wide) to reduce wave action. The CRC uses an innovative solar/thermal system on the roof to supplement the steam heat exchanger system that heats the competition pool. Pool water is pumped from the competition pool through the panels on the roof, and then down into the pool's circulating system, which keeps the pool at perfect competition temperatures.
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