2017 July 2017 News

New aquatics center nears completion

A new chapter in the storied history of SMU’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs will begin this fall with the completion of the new $30 million Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium.
The 42,000-square-foot “Nat,” located on the University’s growing East Campus, will house modern amenities and increased space to enhance training, give student-athletes greater flexibility to balance practice and academic schedules and improve recruiting. The facility’s enhanced quality also will make SMU an ideal future site for competitions such as American Athletic Conference and NCAA championship meets, as well as events hosted by community groups.
“The facilities at the new Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and Barr-McMillion Natatorium will help student-athletes continue the Mustang swimming legacy and enable fans to enjoy the highest levels of competition at a premier venue,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. The new facility will include an Olympic-size 50-meter, 8-lane indoor pool; a 10-meter diving tower with four springboards; a moveable bulkhead to maximize programming; men’s and women’s varsity team locker rooms; seating for 800 spectators; and a spacious lobby.
While construction is underway, fundraising to complete the project is a University priority, and naming opportunities remain. For more information about opportunities and to support the project, visit