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Soderholm Pool Interior Rendering 1
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Wisconsin Athletics is proud to share that the new competition pool within the Nicholas Recreation Center will be named the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center. Joe and Stacy Soderholm and their family have been long time supporters of Wisconsin Swimming and Diving and are pleased to support this project with a naming gift.

With the Soderholm family gift, private fundraising is nearing the finish line for the new competition pool and diving well that will be included as part of the University of Wisconsin recreational sports renovations to the Nicholas Recreation Center.

Construction began in 2017, with the 50-meter pool ready to host swimming meets and recreational swimmers in the fall of 2019. The pool will have seating for 1,500 spectators and will include a separate diving well with a 10-meter platform. It will link to the existing UW swimming and diving facilities at LaBahn Arena (completed in 2012), which include student-athlete locker rooms, lounge space and training areas.

The competition pool will be paid for by a mixture of resources, including $13 million in student fees ($108 per semester starting in 2016) and $13 million in gift funds from the athletic department.

"This new pool will help us provide top-notch facilities for our student-athletes," said UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "We have always had a strong tradition of diving and swimming and I am proud that this pool will help continue that tradition for many years to come. We are thankful for the support of our students, the athletic department, and the donors who have made this possible."

While some donors have come forward to fund the pool, allowing the project to move forward, many more are needed to make the pool a reality.

"Athletics has always been a good campus partner, and I'm pleased we are going to be able to assist with the development of this pool," UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez says. "We have good fundraising momentum, but we still have work to do."

The new pool will replace the Badgers' competition venue at the Natatorium, a 25-yard, eight-lane pool built in 1961. It will provide recreational and intercollegiate opportunities for the university and will host the WIAA state high school swimming and diving championships.

"The addition of a competition pool was something envisioned by UW students from the conception of this plan, and recreational and athletic users alike should feel very fortunate that the funding from students, athletics and donors has come together to provide UW-Madison with a first-class collegiate pool," said John Horn, director of the UW Division of Recreational Sports.

The impact of a new training and competition pool can only enhance Wisconsin's recent achievements.

To learn more about how you can make an impact on the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center campaign, please contact the UW Athletics Development Office at or call (608)262-1000.

Wisconsin Tennis Outdoor Stadium

Wisconsin Tennis Rendering showing multiple new tennis courts with stands for visitors to sit in.

Ace Upgrades: Wisconsin Outdoor Tennis Stadium breaks ground on renovations

Construction Starts this week on improvements ready to wow

MADISON, Wis. — In the process of reaching out to recruits and alums these days, Wisconsin men's tennis coach Danny Westerman is sure to include a brief YouTube link.

It lasts less than a minute and there's no voiceover, but as far as Westerman is concerned, it speaks volumes.

It's a series of architectural renderings that provide a glimpse into pending upgrades to the Wisconsin Outdoor Tennis Stadium.

The reaction?

"Just a big wow," Westerman said.