- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A historic four-lane, 25-yard-long swimming pool will be used for the last time by a high school swim team before the school builds a new auditorium.

The Quad-City Times (http://bit.ly/1mxlQdk ) reports that the Davenport Central High School pool will be drained after the boys swim team’s last practice Friday.

By August, the team will have a new, eight-lane facility. The pool and auditorium are part of a $21.3 million addition currently being constructed at the high school, which was built in 1905.

The current pool takes up most of the deck space and has four shorter-than-normal starting blocks. Wooden bleachers on an elevated deck hold about 150 fans. The suspended ceilings add to the tightness of the space.

Sixteen-year-old swim team member Charley Cummins thinks the old pool makes him slower. On the other hand, the sophomore regards the pool with some fondness and says it’s the place where he really learned how to be a competitive swimmer.

“I’m ready to change to the new pool, and I hope I can be the best I can be there,” Cummins said.

Seventeen-year-old team member Joseph Shie says the pool’s small size allows team members to talk to one another easily. But he says he thinks the new pool will be cleaner and will make for faster times.

“We’ll make new memories there,” Shie said.

His brother, 15-year-old Andrew Shie, also competes on the team. Andrew Shie says he thinks the pool bothers swimmers from other schools and helps the team competitively.

The team will compete in the state swim meet in Marshalltown on Saturday.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com

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