Groundbreaking for new USC aquatics center
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held today at USC for the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, a $16 million improvement to the McDonald’s Olympic Swim Stadium, which opened in 1983.
The project will include new a diving dry-land training area, dive tower, men’s and women’s swimming, diving and water polo locker and team rooms, coaches’ offices for swimming and diving, a multipurpose room to support activities in the facility, a scoreboard with video capabilities and a stadium that will seat up to 2,500 people and includes a shade structure and a new entry on McClintock Avenue.
Funding for the project came in part from an $8 million donation from Wilfred “Fred” Uytengsu, the captain of the USC men’s swim team in 1983 who began his college career as a walk-on. The donation is the largest made to the USC athletic department by a former athlete.
“Fred’s gift will have an impact beyond brick and mortar,” USC swim coach Dave Salo said. “The design of the new facility will make the spectator experience so much more enjoyable and USC student-athletes will have greater access to their coaches and trainers and the unique opportunity to train in a world-class facility.”
At Uytengsu’s request, the center’s swimming pool will be named for his swim coach at USC, Peter Deland, who guided the Trojans to nine NCAA championships and 17 conference titles between 1958 and 1992.
Uytengsu is the president and CEO of the Alaska Milk Corp., the largest publicly listed consumer foods company in the Philippines. It manufactures, distributes and sells liquid, powered and ultra-heat treated milk products in the Philippines. It was founded by Uytengsu’s late father, Wilfred Sr., in 1972.