OWASSO — A local swim club is planning to erect a roughly $5 million, 18,000-square-foot aquatic center here.
Trident Aquatics will build a two-pool facility that will be home to Waves Swim Academy, for youth through adults, and to Trident Aquatics, a USA Swimming-sanctioned competitive team. It will be located at 10001 N. 127th East Ave., on three acres just east of the St. John Medical Campus.
Scheduled to be completed by late November, the center will house an eight-lane competition pool and a shallow teaching pool.
Trident has trained swimmers from around the Tulsa area since 2014 and has placed swimmers at the state, regional and national levels, including the 2016 Olympic Trials. More than 65% of graduating athletes in their programs have gone on to swim at the collegiate level, with most receiving scholarships.
“A lot of swim schools, they do a great job of teaching swimming,” Sean Callan, Trident’s founder and Owasso resident, said by phone. “But then swimmers fall off at the end of that once they’ve gone through the program saying, ‘where do I go?’
“What we think we can offer by having a swim academy is literally that 1-, 2- and 3-year-old that wants to learn, we can walk the talk and be able to handle them all the way through 18 years old. So if this becomes your sport and you want to stick with it, we can help get you to the Olympic trials or to swim and college and get paid to go to college, which is great for Mom and Dad.”
The facility will have programs for people of every age, holding swim lessons, weekend clinics, healthy living programs and swim meets.
“Old-school swimming was a stopwatch and you watch them swim back and forth,” Callan said. “We have a wireless system that hooks to the back of their head, and we’re tracking 15 metrics live everything they are doing. It takes the guesswork out of it. We’re thrilled to be able to integrate that into the pool itself.”
Trident currently trains its athletes in the mornings at Oral Roberts University and in the afternoons and weekends at the Claremore Recreation Center. The swim academy plans to maintain the relationships at those venues.
“There is such a growth in our sport in Oklahoma and nationally,” Callan said. “We know from data that every Olympic year it will go up 15%. So going into 2020, we think our timing’s great.”
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