USA Water Polo will use Mt. San Antonio College new state-of-the-art aquatics complex in Walnut, California, as it prepares for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
The aquatics complex opened in spring of 2023 and will be home to the U.S. men’s Olympic team. In addition to serving as a training hub, USA Water Polo will hold competitions and training at the venue, including test events for both the men’s and women’s national team programs.
“Mt. San Antonio College is a longtime proponent of the Olympic movement and its new aquatics complex is consistent with that exceptional commitment to excellence – it is truly one of the finest aquatics centers in the world,” said Christopher Ramsey, chief executive officer of USA Water Polo, the longtime leader of the organization who will formally leave after the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris. “We are fortunate to embark in this partnership, and I want to thank President (Martha) Garcia and her colleagues for their vision of what water polo can mean to their student body and their community. Having the men’s national water polo team training at Mt. SAC builds on their excitement in our journey to the Paris Olympic Games. We’re thrilled to adopt this MOU, which provides a framework for discussion about future plans.”
USA Water Polo member events, such as the Masters National Championships and age group national selection camps, will also be held at Mt. SAC. The aquatics complex is a 110,000-square-foot facility that features a 59-meter competition pool, a 30-meter teaching/diving pool and four competition diving boards. The complex, with seating for 2,500 and the ability to expand with temporary seating to accommodate more than 5,000, will serve as a hub for the USA Water Polo teams as well as national and international competitions.
“We look forward to our new relationship with USA Water Polo and are thankful to have the opportunity to partner with them,” said Dr. Martha Garcia, president and chief executive officer of Mt. SAC. “We are excited at what the future holds and the opportunities that await the college and our students. It is especially exhilarating to expose our students to these world-class athletes and for them to see their dreams are possible.”