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The Natalie Coughlin Aquatics Center

Oct 31, 2017 10:15AM

Carondelet High School proudly announces the naming of its state-of-the-art aquatics center for three-time swimming Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin Hall, who graduated from the school in 2000. The Natalie Coughlin Aquatics Center is a featured part of the school's brand new, six-acre, Walnut Creek-based Carondelet Athletics Complex, expected to open in early 2018.

"Natalie is an inspiration to countless young women around the globe and a role model to our students, past and present," said Carondelet President Bonnie Cotter. "Natalie is more than a world-class swimmer and athlete – she personifies values that go beyond sports. We are so proud to be able to honor her and recognize her accomplishments as an athlete and a humanitarian."

Coughlin, who has earned 12 Olympic medals in her career, will be featured prominently at the new athletics complex. While a student at Carondelet, between 1996 and 2000, Coughlin became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National Meet in all 14 events. She also broke two individual national high school records and continued to set records while attending the University of California, Berkeley. Coughlin went on to be the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad. She earned 12 Olympic medals in her career.

Located just two-and-a-half miles from Carondelet's main campus in Concord, the new 6,000-square foot center will feature a 10-lane competition pool and diving well, synthetic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse and softball, and six tennis courts.


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