WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 17, 2017) – A new addition to the Alfond Swimming Pool means dryer suits and happier swimmers thanks to a generous donation by Richard R. Winkelman ’68, ’72 MEd. 

The addition of the Suitmate Swimsuit Water Extractor to the Alfond Swimming Pool means swimmers will be able to remove 95% of their swimsuit’s water in just eight seconds after they are finished utilizing the pool.  The high-speed, no heat spin process keeps fabrics safe and means faster drying time and longer life for swimsuits.

“On behalf of the Rollins community, I would like to sincerely thank Richard for his donation to help improve our aquatics facility,” said Rollins Director of Athletics, Pennie Parker.  “We are very appreciative for the generous gift to purchase the swimsuit water extractor.  The extractor will provide faculty, staff and students with a service that has not previously been available, and we are looking forward utilizing this piece of equipment for many years to come.”

The Alfond Swimming Pool serves as the home for Rollins varsity men's and women's swimming teams and is the campus' leisure destination on most sunny days.

Due in large part to a generous donation from benefactor Harold Alfond, the pool was constructed in 1972 and modernized in 1997. The original design incorporated a large concrete spectator area and diving platforms. For the renovation, the bleachers were removed and modern locker rooms were added. Later, a Daktronics video scoreboard was mounted on the main building. New blocks were added in 2011.

Blessed with a tremendous view overlooking Lake Virginia, the 25-yard, eight-lane pool is heated for winter use and cooled for swimming in the summer.

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