Our top 5 pool designs (College Edition)

Since we here at Performance Pool & Spa appreciate pools so we’ve decided to make a list on our favorite Universities pools!


5. University of Minnesota

The pool is designed with an 8-lane, 50-meter pool ranging from 7 feet to 7 feet and 10 inches in-depth and a movable bulkhead. Another remarkable design innovation is a separate 25-yard by 55-foot  diving well that features a set of 1- and 3-meter springboards and 1-, 5-, 7.5- and 10-meter diving platforms. These give the Gophers swimming and diving team an all-access pass to a world-class aquatic facility.


4. Princeton University

The Denunzio Pool, located at the Jadwin Gymnasium of the university, is one of the country’s few fastest pools. It has a depth of 9 to 17 feet, 50 meters by 25 yards, and a 10-meter dive tower with springboards at varying heights. Its movable bulkheads allow the modification of the pool for every training need. The Denunzio Pool can surely accommodate every athlete.


3. Stanford University

Being a member of the United Masters Swim, a non-profit national organization, Stanford University built the Avery Aquatic Center, which is considered one of the finest swimming and diving facilities in the country. It is the exclusive home to the Stanford Cardinal but more so for the Stanford Masters Swimming. It has hosted dozens of collegiate swimming, synchronized swimming, diving, and water polo competitions.

The facility houses four swimming pools, and the main attraction is the 37 x 20-meter Avery Competition Pool—one of the nation’s fastest pools at 11 to 14 feet deep. The Maas Diving Center can be found outdoor and has a platform dive tower with springboards measuring 1, 3, 5, 7.5, and 10 meters. The Belardi Pool and the Baker Pool, on the other hand, are used for 50-meter laps training by the Cardinals. Both pools have varying depths, with 11 feet as Belardi’s deepest, while Baker is only 8 1/2 feet.

2. University of Colorado in Boulder

The University’s recreation center is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified. That’s as green as it gets. It is an advocate for sustainability and has introduced net-zero water. Excess heat from other facilities and energy produced by the downhill water movement is never put to waste as they are used again to warm the three indoor pools and the outdoor pool.

The Clare Pool is open to lap swimming with its 25-yard long four lanes and can be rented out by groups. The Competition Pool is twice as wide as the Clare Pool, and the water temperature is maintained at 81 degrees. The Dive Well, which is 14-feet deep, has three diving boards, two meters, while the other one is three meters long. The diving club can only use the latter, and non-members must be approved before using the diving board.

1. Louisiana State University

The number one spot goes to LSU! Nothing screams school spirit like a university pool that spells “L-S-U.” The University’s $85 million outdoor leisure pools and indoor lap lanes will convince you to enroll with them. The L-S-U-spelled leisure lazy river is 3½ feet deep and has submerged lounge chairs in it. They also have a pool with an actual basketball court in it, giant water trampolines, and water logs. An indoor 25-yard pool with eight lanes is also open for recreational purposes. The University has given a new meaning to recreational fun.


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