By August 10, the Tiger Swimming and Diving team’s home will look brand new. The locker room will receive a complete overhaul, said Head Coach Todd Larkin. Contractors are currently adding new toilets, sinks and lockers to Hubbuch Natatorium.
The old metal lockers that had become very rusted will be replaced with lockers made of a material conducive to a pool environment. The new lockers will be larger than the old ones, and the locker room overall will be more spacious. This will be the first time that the lockers have been replaced since the facility was opened in 1990.
The work on the pool itself will mainly be maintenance. The pool will be resealed with caulk and repainted. The walls of the building will be painted the same color of gold that is behind the hoops at Brother John Wills gym. The machines, such as filters, will be refurbished, too.
What will stay the same? Coach Larkin’s office will not be touched, neither will the blue boxes for kick boards and pull buoys, the blocks nor the diving board.
“Bottom line is I’m very excited to see the new renovations, and I can’t wait to start training at St. X with my team come August,” said rising senior Nick Yates.
The renovations have a more personal impact on rising senior Trey Hubbuch, the grandson of Cornelius E. Hubbuch. The natatorium is named for the elder Hubbuch, because he helped raise money for it to be built and played a major role in its construction. “It means a lot knowing that we will be able to continue what my family set out to do in the first place,” said Hubbuch.
As for banners and signs along the deck, “I’m not going to rush into anything,” said Larkin. He’s taking his time “to create the environment that we want.” The plan is to slowly decide how to best represent the team’s history of fifty state championships and many records.
The renovations show that the school supports its swimming and diving program, said Larkin. “In order for us to continue our pursuit of a national title, we needed new facilities, and we are lucky enough to have a willing athletic program that understands our goals for our team,” said Hubbuch.
Swim season is never over. Many St. X swimmers train with Lakeside, Cardinal Aquatics, Triton and other teams year round.
KSHAA’s swim season may have ended in Feburary with the state meet, but a lot of St. X swimmers haven’t stopped training since. They compete for local club teams. Most of the meets this summer will be in 50 meter pools, the same length as Olympic pools, instead of KHSAA 25 yard pools.
- Ohio Valley Championships, June 12-14
- Nashville Aquatic Club Nike Summer Sizzler, June 27-29
- Kentucky State Championships, July 24-27
- National Club Swimming Association Summer Championships August 5-9
Zach Carrico, Matt McDermott and Matt Steiden, who train at St. X in-season, have moved to Lakeside for the off season. “Right now, we are working as hard as we were during the season,” said Carrico.
Summer training is often the difference between a good season and a great season. Keep your eye on these swimmers in November, and expect big drops.
After coming off of a back injury, Heyward Harrison (right) dominated at the state meet, placing at least top three in all four of his events (with a win in the 200 IM). A summer of two-a-days should keep him on the right track to continuing his improvement.
Visit our website again after OVC’s (June 12-14) to see how Heyward and the rest of the Tiger swimming crew perform.