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Deaconess Aquatic Center holds virtual dedication ceremony Friday

Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 2:01 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Deaconess Aquatic Center is now officially open after holding a virtual dedication ceremony on Friday.

The mayor, local leaders and even the Tri-State’s local Olympians all made appearances to commemorate the new center.

[Previous story: Tri-State swimming team makes new home out of Deaconess Aquatic Center]

Lilly King was the guest of honor, with the main competition pool being named for her, and a large mural was placed proudly above it.

Officials said the pool is the future of water sports in Evansville and the surrounding area. After a series of ribbon cuttings, nine local swimmers took to the blocks with King for the inaugural race.

Nine-year-old Declynn Fulton was one of the kids who got to participate.

“I thought it was really really cool that I got to be there, like, only nine people got to do that,” she said.

King went on to say the facility is better than many Division I colleges have to offer.

”This facility is going to change this community forever,” King said. “It’s bringing aquatics to a much broader audience, and not just competitive. While the competitive swimming side of it is obviously fantastic, it’s so much more than that. I think it’s going to bring a real impact.”

King also said she appreciated being able to see the project through.

“Growing up I never thought we’d be here, so to see it finally be done and be complete and have kids swimming in the pool is really, really cool,” she said.

Officials also announced that the Division II NCAA Swimming Finals would be held at the facility in 2026.

You can watch the entire ceremony below:

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