New Aquatics Wing Accommodates Growing Exercise Science Major

By Hillary May Published: Apr 20, 2012

Student takes a swim in Taylor's new two-lane pool

The Exercise Science major is one of the fastest growing majors at Taylor University. The Eichling Aquatics Wing, completed in January, has proven to be a great tool for helping students become more marketable.

“The new lab is really great for exercise science majors because it's a way that we can get hands on experience in our field,” says senior exercise science major Alyssa Brodbeck.  “It's one thing to sit in a classroom and learn about how to properly assess, but it is completely different when you actually get to do the assessment. It'll definitely make us more marketable and experienced when we get out in the real world of getting a job!” 

Brodbeck, who uses the facility for mainly classroom purposes, thinks the new classrooms are a “wonderful” upgrade from the classrooms in Odle Arena. Students no longer hear students in the locker rooms or those playing racquetball during an exam, she explained. 

According to Brad Zarges, the pool’s supervisor, the new wing includes a two-lane lap pool, two changing rooms, a Human Performance Lab, six faculty offices and two large classrooms. 

“The pool is actually the appropriate size for what the usage will be,” he said. “There are limitations to what we can do with the pool because of the size and depth but the intended purpose is fitness benefits, rehab and being able to offer courses to campus. It satisfies the needs for that. The benefit is that we can now offer it to others in the community.”

Beginning Swimming classes, Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor courses are offered to students as well as the community. Other exercise options include Water Aerobics, adult swim classes and swim lessons for children. The pool is also used for athletic training and rehabilitation. Although the addition was first opened for students, all individuals and families from the surrounding community are now invited to purchase a pool membership.

Pool Offers Way to be Good Stewards
Angie Fincannon, Taylor’s athletic director, believes these new programs will help students and employees become more conscientious about their health. 

“It’s a beautiful facility and we feel very blessed to have it,” she said. “As a campus that believes in wellness, we want to encourage opportunities for students, faculty and the community to be good stewards of their bodies in various capacities.” 

Zarges is looking forward to seeing the community interact with Taylor students on a more regular basis, and he believes that this new center is one way that can bring the two communities together. “Our community is made up of a lot of employees and their families,” he said. “For them to interact with college students is a blessing. But then the other portion is the people who are not necessarily associated with Taylor. We have an opportunity to offer something to them and to be able to interact with them in a way that they can realize that our students, and in particular our institution, really wants to be a resource to others and to become partners with Upland and Grant County.” 

The aquatics wing is a gift from several donors, including Mr. Eichling, who was a relative of a current Taylor student. According to Fincannon, Eichling swam every day and attributed his swimming to staying healthy throughout his life. He shared his love from swimming with his family, who saw the need for the pool as a form of wellness. 

Fincannon couldn’t be more pleased with the way students and the community have embraced the new center.

“I love the opportunity and the potential it provides not only exercise for rehabilitation training but for the chances to learn skills in aquatics,” she said. “I think it’s a tremendous benefit for the students and the community who get the opportunity to use it.”

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Written by Hillary May