Nation’s Capital Swim Club Plans Multimillion-Dollar New Complex

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Nation’s Capital Swim Club has long been one of America’s best swim clubs. It might soon have a facility that matches its national profile.

The Bethesda, Md., based club this week submitted a proposal to construct a multimillion-dollar training facility near New Baltimore in Fauquier County, Virginia.

The plans, reported by Fauquier Now, could cost up to $6.4 million, including the cost of land, and occupy space on what once was the Vint Hill Farms Station army base.


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The plan, according to NCAP owner and CEO Tom Ugast, would include two pools: A $4.4 million pool with 12 25-yard lanes under an aluminum-and-vinyl roof, and a smaller teaching pool that would cost $2 million. The land, located on a former Army/NSA surveillance base that was decommissioned in the late 1990s, would involve facilities for both members of the club and the local community.

The deal includes a contract, per Ugast, to acquire 3.2 acres of land from ECH-Vint Hill Associates for $610,000. Plans indicate that NCAP will put around $600,000 in cash into the project.

“We’re looked at it as the team to look to see how you be successful, not only in running the business side of the club but how you train athletes to perform their best,” Ugast said.

NCAP, which has about 1,850 members, leases 15 pools in Virginia, Maryland and Washington. Among the sites that this new training center would replace are the Vint Hill indoor pool, Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Center and Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas, which Ugast said combined run the club more than $250,000 a year to rent. Ugast also suggested that the new pool’s location could extend the club’s reach in different areas of Virginia.

The club employs 90 full- and part-time coaches on an annual budget of $5 million. Formerly Curl-Burke Swim Club, it was renamed NCAP in 2012. The club that has produced recent Olympians like Jack Conger, Katie Ledecky, Tom Dolan and Ed Moses, a slew of junior and senior national teamers and was named the top club in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence program five years in a row.

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