Red Barr

SMU to dedicate Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

Robson and Lindley Aquatics Center, SMUSMU will dedicate the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center, the new home of SMU’s international championship swimming and diving programs, at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. The 42,000 square foot center, located on the East Campus at 5550 SMU Boulevard, makes a big splash in Division I swimming and diving with facilities, coaching and training technology designed to prepare men’s and women’s swimmers and divers for the highest level of competition.

“For more than 70 years, SMU swimming and diving has produced Olympians, All Americans and NCAA champions,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The completion of the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center affirms SMU’s commitment to providing first-rate facilities to support our student-athletes.”

The Aquatics Center natatorium, named for legendary Mustang swim coaches A.R. “Red” Barr and George “Mac” McMillion ’55, features an indoor Olympic-sized pool configured for eight 50-meter competition lanes or twenty-two 25-yard lanes. Its diving area boasts a 10-meter diving tower with four springboards. Just like cupolas on campus and the Mustang on Expressway Tower, the diving tower will be lit in red when Mustang swimming is victorious.

The natatorium also features seating for 800 spectators on the mezzanine level. Three large high-definition video boards across from the seating area display swimming times, live video or graphics and swimming and diving scores.

As a practice facility, the center features the SwimPro video system, with underwater and above-water cameras to analyze swimmers’ performances. Video can be viewed on the pool deck or downloaded for review by coaches and student-athletes. The diving well also features cameras to capture 1-meter, 3-meter and platform diving.

“The video can be shown on mounted TVs on the deck so the coaches can review technique with the swimmers while practice is going on,” said Steve Collins, head coach of Mustang women’s swimming. “Video can also be viewed in the conference room for more detailed study with the swimmers or divers. The U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs is setting up a similar system.”

The pool deck also includes men’s and women’s varsity and visitor locker rooms, a student lounge and classroom, and coaches’ and administrative offices. Public locker rooms are also available for community events, such as competitions and swim lessons.

“Recruits will see SMU’s commitment to swimming and diving the minute they walk in the door of the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center,” said Eddie Sinnott ’76, head coach of Mustang men’s swimming. “Combined with SMU’s outstanding academic reputation and the great city of Dallas, SMU swimming and diving will offer a great opportunity to student-athletes for many years to come.”

“I will always be grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved with SMU swimming while attending SMU,” said donor Bruce Robson. “My family and I are honored to be part of helping honor the legacy of Coach Barr and Coach Mac and the swimmers and divers who built this incredible program. This new aquatics center will do its part in helping the current and future coaches at SMU to attract the top swimming and diving talent to SMU for years to come.”

— Written by Nancy George

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SMU announces 2011 inductees to Athletics Hall of Fame

Craig James
Craig James
Lisa Cole Zimmerman
Lisa Cole Zimmerman
Red Barr
Red Barr
Luchi Gonzales
Luchi Gonzalez
Gene Phillips
Gene Phillips
Tommy Bowers
Tommy Bowers

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, has announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2011 inductees – Craig James, Gene Phillips, Lisa Cole Zimmerman, Luchi Gonzalez, Tommy Bowers Sr. and A.R. Barr – will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony on Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole.

A brief listing of the class and their accomplishments:

Craig James (1982) – SMU’s third all-time leading rusher (3,743 yards) led the Mustangs to the Southwest Conference (SWC) Championships during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. The three-time All-SWC selection teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the “Pony Express” backfield forming one of the best running back tandems in NCAA football history. The NFL Pro-Bowler was drafted by the New England Patriots and played in the 1985 Super Bowl with the team.

Gene Phillips (1971) – Ranks second in program history with 1,932 career points. Phillips averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-season career on the Hilltop. The three-time SWC Player of the Year was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals.

Lisa Cole Zimmerman (1990) – The 1990 All-American led the team in goals for four straight seasons (1987-90). Cole-Zimmerman scored 34 goals and 24 assists, both single-season highs, during her freshman season. Cole-Zimmerman is SMU’s all-time leading career scorer with 101 goals and 44 assists.

Luchi Gonzalez (2001) – The 2001 winner of the Hermann Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s top men’s soccer player, Gonzalez ranks third in program history with 128 career points. The NCSAA First-Team All-American helped lead the Mustangs to regular season conference championships in each of his years at SMU. Gonzalez ranks fourth all-time in career totals of goals (48) and assists (32).

Tommy Bowers Sr. (1955) – The only baseball player in program history to be named as an All-American, Bowers helped lead SMU to its only share of a league title by tying with Texas for the SWC title in 1953. The three-time all-conference selection played professionally with the Dallas Eagles and was honored as the Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 1957.

Alfred R. “Red” Barr (1971) – As the head coach for SMU swimming from 1947 to 1971, Barr coached his teams to 17 SWC Championships. Barr, who coached fifty All-American swimmers and divers, had SMU’s pool named in his honor. The 1971 Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy recipient coached two Olympians during his career.

The dinner and induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Tickets are available for $200; tables of 10 are available for $1,500. Buy tickets online or call 214-768-4314.