Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center
The Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center is an aquatics facility at the University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a state research university located in Austin, Texas, USA, and is the flagship institution of the The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, its campus is located approximately from the Texas State Capitol in Austin...

. It is home to the University men and women's swimming
Swimming (sport)
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 and diving
Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics. Diving is an internationally-recognized sport that is part of the Olympic Games. In addition, unstructured and non-competitive diving is a recreational pastime.Diving is one...

 teams, a variety of University offered swimming and scuba diving classes, as well as Longhorn Aquatics, a youth program. The facility also hosts the Texas state high school championship meets, run by the University Interscholastic League
University Interscholastic League
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The building was named after UT graduate and longtime benefactor Joe Jamail
Joe Jamail
Joseph Dahr Jamail, Jr. is a Lebanese American attorney and billionaire. The wealthiest practicing attorney in America, he is frequently referred to as the King of Torts. As of 2011, his net worth was estimated by Forbes to be $1.5 billion, making him the 833rd richest person in the world.Jamail...

and his wife Lee.

The building currently houses two separate pools. The lap pool is 50 meters by 25 yards long and is 9 feet deep. Two retractable bulkheads stored on cranes in recesses in the ceiling of the building can be lowered and maneuvered, allowing the pool a variety of possible configurations. Some of these include a long course practice setup, with 10 50-meter lanes, short course practice, with anywhere from 16 to 20 25-yard lanes, competition long course with 8 50-meter lanes, and short course competition with 8 25 yard competition lanes and 8 warm up/cool down lanes.

The dive well is 25 yards long by 25 yards wide. The north end of the well houses 4 separate 1 meter springboards and two 3 meter springboards and is 15 feet deep. The south end of the well houses the platform tower with 1-, 3-, 5-, 7.5-, and 10-meter platforms, as well as 4 three meter springboards. This end is 18 feet deep. Both ends of the well also have a bubbler system, which creates bubbles in the water that lessen the surface tension for divers. The dive well can also be arranged as a lap pool.

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