40 Pools

Celebrating a Big Birthday with 40 Swims

#25: Bard College Stevenson Athletic Center Pool

on May 13, 2012

view from the deep endLocation: Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Configuration: 6 lanes of 25 yards

Fee: Free due to lack of attendant, otherwise $10 for one-day pass

Fees to Date: $151.41

I was in Poughkeepsie again this weekend and wanted to get in a good pool swim. Luckily, my local swim buddy, Carolyn, was planning to swim at the Bard College pool, which I’d never been to. We got there in time for its opening at 8:30 on Saturday morning and each had a lane to ourselves the entire time. The picture above is from right after we got out; notice how empty it is.

neatly organized equipment roomCarolyn is a regular here on the weekends, when the FISH Masters team doesn’t have workouts. She said it’s often not quite so empty, especially first thing in the day. However, the rules require swimmers to split a lane rather than circle swim, meaning that you’ll have at most one other person in the lane once you get in. How very Floridian!

Other nice things: the view out to the soccer field plus windows on two other sides, the amazingly clear water (which I was able to appreciate, having finally given up my old, foggy goggles), the taste of the water (a bit salty, although it was treated with chlorine according to the lifeguard), the very well-organized equipment room (above left). It’s also on an exquisitely beautiful campus overlooking the Hudson, pretty enough to rival even Vassar. The only thing I would have changed is the water temperature, which was too warm by a few degrees.

Carolyn and Hannah in the poolAlthough the pool dates to 1991, only in the past academic year was it used for a swim team. Bard introduced men’s and women’s varsity swimming during the 2011-12 season! Lest you feel sorry that swimming has come late to the party, take note that is ahead of America’s favorite pastime. Baseball is expected to launch here  in spring 2013.

One other perk of swimming here is that when I met up with Carolyn, I also got to meet Lucy, her incredibly soft, cute, and affectionate feline fan.

Lucy the swim cat

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