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Whitworth to Rededicate the Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center

September 18, 2019
President Beck A. Taylor and Whitworth Athletics invite the community to the rededication ceremony for the newly renovated Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center on Friday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m.

The $1.5 million renovation project included new floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for natural light, a resurfaced pool deck, a new HVAC system that provides increased ventilation and improvements to the coaches’ offices.

Originally dedicated in 1985, the aquatic center is home to Whitworth’s men’s and women’s swimming teams. The pool is a six-lane, 40-yard course with a movable bulkhead, which will soon be replaced as part of this project.

The center has hosted the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championships, the Northwest Conference championships and numerous other competitions. It was originally completed in the spring of 1985. But, thanks in part to a generous donation from Whitworth trustee Kevin Thompson and his wife, Patti, it now has a completely new look. The Thompsons’ daughter, Megan ’18, competed on the swim team for four years. She was the recipient of the Aaron Leetch Inspiration Award, which honors graduating seniors who embody inspiration, passion, perseverance and dedication to their sport.

Whitworth would like to thank our construction partners on this project: ALSC Architects, Brent Tippets with VCBO Architecture, Walker Construction and Coffman Engineers.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Tad Wisenor, assistant vice president of institutional advancement, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4401 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or