GOODYEAR POOL

‘To foster a sound body and a sound mind’ reads a vintage plaque above the entrance to Norwich’s Goodyear pool, welcoming spectators and athletes to embrace the water as wholly as possible.

Goodyear Pool is a six-lane, 25-yard pool, sloping from 5-feet deep to 11-feet deep. The pool is equipped with wave breaker lane lines, a scoreboard, and a Colorado timing system. In addition, it provides stadium seating for spectators and a 1-meter diving springboard.

Built in 1962 in honor of Major A. Conger Goodyear, the pool has been home to the Norwich men’s swimming and diving team since 1963 and the women’s swimming and diving and team since 1983.

Goodyear Pool has witnessed the successes of six-time All-American swimmer Lynn Kucera, four-time All-American swimmer D. Palmer Lewis, All-American swimmer Jill Hartstock-Johnson, two-time Academic All American swimmer Kelly Chiffer, Academic All-American swimmer Marcy Allen, and Academic All-American swimmer Rachel Gaidys. Lewis, Hartstock-Johnson and Gaidys have also been inducted into Norwich Athletics Hall of Fame, along with swimmers Lynn Walker, Richard Starbuck, and Philip Oxnam. Chiffer will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the 2012-2013 school year.

The flag of the United States of America hanging in Goodyear Pool was flown at the US Capitol at the request of honorable Peter Smith, member of congress, in honor of head coach Steve Looke and the 1989-1990 Norwich swimming season.