Josh Davis Natatorium To Be Dedicated

SAN ANTONIO, Texas. May 10. MORE than 1,000 spectators and well-wishers are expected to be on hand for the dedication of the brand new $7.2 million Josh Davis Natatorium, in San Antonio on Sunday, May 20, from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.

The eight-lane state-of-the-art pool, which is 25 yards by 25 meters, and seven to 13 feet deep, is the centerpiece of the Blossom Athletic Center.

Davis, 28, San Antonio's most accomplished swimmer, with three Olympic gold medals and two silver medals, will be on hand for the ceremonies. In addition, to Davis, the dedication will feature Don Harris, San Antonio's Channel 4 sportscaster, who will serve as MC; Al Marks, Davis's coach at Churchill High School; and Evan Morgenstein, Davis's agent. Eddie Reese, Davis's coach at the University of Texas, was originally scheduled to be on hand, but will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the Speedo Grand Prix meet.

Bill Walker, Aquatics Director in San Antonio's Northeast School District for more than 30 years, explained why Davis was chosen: "Josh was nominated by the Board because of his success at Churchill High, where the team won the state championship all four years Josh was there; because of his success at the University of Texas; and because of his accomplishments at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

"He was also selected because he is such an outstanding person; His attitude, his leadership abilities, and his willingness to work with so many youngsters," said Walker, noting that Davis was co-captain of both the 1996 and 2000 Olympic teams.

Interestingly, the district's older, 50 meter pool is named after Walker, who has served as high school coach, AAU coach, USS coach and aquatics director for more than 30 years.

Anyone wishing to attend the dedication or wanting additional information may call: (210) 491-6136.

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