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Minges Natatorium
Minges Natatorium

Minges Natatorium


East Carolina University's Minges Natatorium, located in the Minges Coliseum complex, serves as the home for all Pirate swimming and diving activities.

The center boasts two tanks, one a 75x60x6-foot swimming area, and the other a large 60x36x15-foot diving tank. The pool's eight lanes are each seven and one-half feet wide and are surrounded by guttered sidewalls with eight build-in, starting blocks. This modern facility has hosted both national and conference championship meets. Southern Conference championships were regularly conducted at the Minges Natatorium during the 1960s and 70s, as were Colonial Athletic Association championships during the 80s and 90s.

All eight lanes are electronically timed and swimmers ranked by order of finish to an accuracy of five one-millionths of a second. A relay disqualification system times touches at the end of the pool to 0.005 seconds, virtually eliminating ties.

Three dressing rooms are provided for exclusive use by the swimming program. A pacing machine for training, and a pace clock/scoreboard provide accurate results. An equalizing audio system projects sound throughout the venue.

The spacious diving well features a separate water temperature control, and the water level is kept higher than that of the swimming tank. Two Maniflex and two Duraflex diving boards adorn the structure, while twin three-meter springboards highlight the cantilevered board support with two single, one-meter springboards on each side of the three-meter stand. All boards are fully adjustable and each has a Durafirm fulcrums. A trampoline and spotting rig, along with twisting and spinning belts, completes the diving area, making diving at ECU a unique and challenging experience.