On Friday, March 3, the Santa Ynez Valley, Calif. community will accept a special delivery -- two U.S. Olympic Trials swimming pools. Manufactured by Myrtha Pools, they will be transported by truck in a 1,700-mile, two-day trip from Omaha, Neb. to California.
The Olympic pools will become part of a new aquatics wellness and sports medicine facility funded by the SYV Community Aquatics Foundation, a local nonprofit, and located at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. A joint-use agreement grants access to both the community and the school.
A welcome ceremony will be held from 2:45 to 5:30 pm and will include refreshments, remarks, and photo ops. Kami Craig, three-time Olympic water-polo medalist, and Gary Hall, Jr., 10-time Olympic swimming medalist, will be part of the celebration.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of bringing these pools to the Santa Ynez Valley," said Kami Craig, 2016 and 2012 water polo Olympic gold medalist, Santa Ynez native and honorary committee member. "As a young girl, the time spent participating in the Santa Ynez Valley aquatic programs is where my Olympic dreams were born. I hope that these pools, filled with so much Olympic heritage and spirit, will inspire athletes and community members of all ages."