Army's Crandall Pool is considered one of the top venues on the East Coast. Since its completion in 1970, the pool has been the site of state, regional, and national events, most notably the 1972 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and the 1971 National AAU Indoor Diving Championships.
The 1972 Men's and 1976 Women's Olympic teams selected West Point as the official training site before departing for Munich and Montreal, respectively. Army has served as host for both the Eastern Seaboard Swimming and Diving Championships and the Patriot League Championships on a rotating basis. Most recently, the 2000 Patriot League Championships and the 2001 EISL Championships were held at West Point.
Crandall Pool was named in memory of Robert W. Crandall, USMA '39, the captain of the 1938-39 Army swimming team who was killed in battle in Italy in World War II.
Suitable for long- and short-course training, the pool is a six-lane, 50-meter course which can be divided by a submergible bulkhead into an eight-lane, 25-yard competition pool and a six-lane practice pool. The overall depth is not less than eight-feet, making for a very fast pool.
The facility has a seating capacity of 1,210 and has an excellent view of the finish and scoreboard. There is also a fully electronic timing and judging system.
Also among the best is the diving facility, which includes two one-meter and two three-meter springboards, as well as 6.5 and 10-meter platforms. They are located in separate diving areas, permitting simultaneous swimming and diving training. The diving facilities also include a dry board and a trampoline for dryland dive training. The electronic timing system can also calculate divers' scores based on the judges' scores and degree of difficulty.
In 1995-96, the facility received a $10-million facelift. Included in the modifications were new men's and women's locker rooms, renovated storage and office areas, and a new heating and filtration system in the pool.
Crandall Pool has been a rotational host for both the Patriot League and Eastern Seaboard championship meets, as well as other special events. Of recent note, was the German National Swimming Team's visit to West Point for training prior to the 1998 Goodwill Games in Long Island, N.Y.