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About Dartmouth Pools:   Features:
  • Karl Michael Competition Pool
  • Built in 1963
  • Designed by R. Jackson Smith '36
  • 1 and 3 meter Diving Boards
  • Diving Depth of just under 15 feet
  • Spaulding Practice Pool
  • Constructed in 1919
  • 4 practice lanes
  • 15 - 25-yard lanes
  • 2 - 50-meter lanes
  • 6 - racing lanes
  • Seating for 400 Spectators


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 just under 15 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.

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