President’s Message: New Aquatics Building Approved for MD Campus

The Diocesan Finance and Construction Boards have approved the plan to construct a new Aquatics Building on the Mater Dei campus. This will allow us to complete the Lyon Homes Aquatics Complex in time for the beginning of the water polo season in the fall of 2012.

Artist Rendering of the New Aquatics Building

The next step in this process will be submitting completed construction drawings to the City of Santa Ana for plan check review and final permission to begin construction (hopefully in January 2012).

On the heels of the Varsity Boys Water Polo Program’s 4th consecutive CIF Championship (with an undefeated season and a CIF-SS and State record 47 victories in a row) and in anticipation of the upcoming Girls Water Polo and Boys and Girls Swim seasons, this is most welcome and exciting news indeed.

Mater Dei Associate Athletic Director and Aquatics Coordinator (as well as Head Boys and Girls Water Polo Coach) is so grateful to the parents in the Aquatics program for their incredible generosity and support in making this new Aquatics Building become a reality. The new aquatics facility will include separate team rooms for male and female aquatics athletes, expanded pool deck space, a team film room, a student-athlete study area, a fully appointed snack stand, aquatics storage areas and a VIP viewing area for both Aquatics and Baseball events on campus. The new building will create a fully enclosed “stadium effect” for all MD Aquatics events and will allow MDHS to host tournaments and other Junior Olympic type events at the William Lyon Homes Aquatics Complex on the campus of Mater Dei High School.

The future of Mater Dei aquatics is very exciting and extremely bright! Thank you to all of the Mater Dei aquatics benefactors who are making this new facility possible. The MD family is most grateful for your generous and caring support.

Patrick Murphy, President

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