Aquatic Center is Latest Facility Addition to District

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by Ronnie Zamora/LFCISD

An indoor swimming facility has been a dream for Los Fresnos High School swimmers for a very long time.

On Saturday, the dream was fulfilled for the future generations of Falcon swimmers.

The Los Fresnos CISD Aquatic Center was dedicated Saturday to a crowd of about 100 visitors and the same number of student-athletes. The facility is located adjacent to Leo Aguilar Memorial Stadium.

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was held by the Los Fresnos Area Chamber of Commerce.

The LFHS swim program began in 1998 under Coach Jaime Perez, who returns this year to coach the team for the program he started. The Falcons have practiced at Memorial Park’s outdoor pool across from LFHS since then.

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Los Fresnos CISD Board President Jesus Amaya told the crowd the story about the plan to build the aquatic center and weight room. Discussions have been taking place for about the last five years.

The facility includes a 25-yard eight-lane pool, access for wheelchairs into the pool, a separate diving area, and an air-conditioned weight room. There is also an electronic timing system.

Three dual meets will be held at the facility this year.

The LFHS/LFU Jazz Band entertained the audience prior to the start of the ceremony held in a tent just outside the facility. The LFHS/LFU Mariachi Halcón entertained the crowds during tours held after the ceremony.

The Falcon swim team held a lap-swimming practice during the tours, and divers showed their skills to the audiences as well. On three lanes of the shallow end of the pool, members of the Falcon football team held water aerobic exercises under the direction of the coaching staff. Other football players were in the weight room.

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