Already considered one of the top collegiate swimming & diving facilities in the nation, the Liberty Natatorium will now feature a state-of-the-art Swiss Timing/Omega system.
The new timing system will be installed this summer and will be ready for the 2019-20 swimming & diving season. Swiss Timing/Omega is the official timekeeper of USA Swimming, the NCAA Championships and the Olympic Games. Omega first served as timekeeper for the Olympic Games in 1932 in Los Angeles, and most recently was used exclusively at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"We are thrilled to partner with Swiss Timing/Omega for official timekeeping at the Liberty Natatorium, while also maintaining our long-standing relationship with Daktronics for our video displays," Liberty Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jake Shellenberger said. "Our two Daktronics boards allow us to run swimming & diving competitions concurrently, including a live video feed. Now backed by the official timekeeper of USA Swimming, the NCAA Championships, and the Olympic Games, we feel that we have the best of both worlds - Swiss Timing and Daktronics displays, and we're excited to continue to host high-level swimming & diving competitions at the Liberty Natatorium."
The Liberty Natatorium, opened in 2017, features a nine-lane, 50-meter pool with a movable bulkhead. A separate 17-foot-deep diving well includes 1- and 3-meter springboards and a three-column tower, featuring 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10-meter platforms.
The Swiss Timing/Omega system will interface with the current Daktronics video boards. The main video board is one of the largest in the country at 12.5' x 41.5' and both the swimming board and secondary diving video board (6' x 10') feature 10mm line spacing.
Fans will also notice an upgrade in live results, as real-time results will be available during and after each heat through Omega's live results system online.
Liberty Natatorium served as host for the 2019 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships, the first member institution to host the CCSA Championships. The venue has also hosted several high-level club meets in addition to the Virginia Commonwealth Games.
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