The Johnson Natatorium, which features a six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool and a diving well with three diving boards, serves as a second home to many John Carroll University swimmers and divers. The natatorium hosts many JCU students throughout the year, as well as many students from other competing schools. In order to create a more welcoming and modern environment, the University has decided to make minor, yet necessary, renovations to the natatorium locker rooms.
Courtney Farver, director of recreation, intramurals and club sports at JCU, expressed this necessity, saying, “Our department felt there was a need to bring the men’s and women’s locker rooms in the pool a renewed sense of energy, especially for the faithful patrons who use our pool on a daily basis.”
In order to meet the needs of students, the University reviews the state of its facilities each year.
“The natatorium locker rooms were a project that I knew I wanted to tackle in the near future,” said Farver. “In order to get the ball rolling on this project, I wrote a petition to the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee for money toward minor work done in the natatorium locker rooms. Now that we have been granted this money, we are able to refresh the current locker rooms with new lockers, refurbished benches and a fresh coat of paint.”
Sophomore Kyle Cassidy, a former member of the men’s swimming and diving team, is thrilled about the upcoming changes to these locker rooms.
“The natatorium locker rooms definitely need some help. The lockers are supposed to be painted blue and gold, but instead are blue with the gold paint mostly chipped off,” said Cassidy. “Since I spend a great amount of time in these locker rooms, I definitely feel that these renovations are a necessity.”
Senior Maribeth Keppler, who works as a lifeguard in the Johnson Natatorium, explained the need for an expansion of the natatorium locker rooms.
“These locker rooms are very small, and only have one shower in each,” said Keppler. “Big groups of high school students come into the natatorium at once to attend diving lessons with the John Carroll diving coach. Since a lot of students come at one time, I think an expansion of these locker rooms will definitely be necessary in the future.”
For now, the school will stick to this smaller project that includes minor renovations to the natatorium locker rooms. According to Mike Roeder, the manager of facilities services, the orders for these renovations have already been placed.
“This project is estimated to take less than a week to complete. It will likely begin after school lets out, and be completed by May 31,” said Roeder.
The renovations to the natatorium locker room will not affect the cost of tuition in any way, according to Farver.
According to the minutes from the Student Union meeting on April 16, Mary Ann Hanicak, assistant vice president for student affairs, said the fitness room floor is also getting renovated, and there will be more cubbies for shoes, socks, IDs and other items. She said there might also be a new sound system and some new bicycles, as well.