Celebrating a Legacy: The Barbara Mott McCarthy Aquatics Center
This month marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of Barbara Mott McCarthy, whose name adorns Webb’s new aquatics center. Made possible by a leadership gift from Avery McCarthy ’52, the Barbara Mott McCarthy Aquatics Center is an elite facility for water polo, swimming, and diving.
Opened in 2013, the McCarthy Aquatic Center’s twelve lanes include 10 for competition and 2 for warm-up/cool-down, a Colorado Time System—the same one utilized at nationwide events held by US Diving, US Water Polo, and also seen at the NCAA Championships and Olympic Team Trials.
In addition to the full-size water polo course with floating goals, the new rim flow design maintains precise water level and ensures consistent times (quelling waves rebounding from the wall, which slow the times of competitors in outside lanes).
There is a state-of-the-art scoreboard and timing system, including touch-pads, a 3.5’ to 13’ depth range with diving board, an up-to-date public address system, and remodeled locker rooms and new landscaping.
The new center can now host CIF games and provides a beneficial home team advantage. The pool’s temperature controls keep the water at a constant 78-79 degrees Fahrenheit, making it easier to continue practice past sunset.
While the tickets to see the upcoming production of Les Misérables sold out in a matter of minutes, The Webb Schools is pleased to announce a livestream of the Friday May 18th performance will be available on the school's website and Facebook page. The performance will begin at 7:00pm PDT.
Webb swimmers finished their 2018 season in championship style last week. The rundown: two days, two proud coaches (Ken Rosenfeld & Tom Jurczak), seven broken/re-broken school records, and one Vivian Webb CIF champion (the first individual swimming CIF champion in VWS history)!
When some colleges are reporting less than a 5% admit rate (Harvard & Stanford) and many others remain in the single digits, it’s good to know that no matter how tough things get Webb students are well prepared for the challenge. Once again, our students beat the odds. The members of this year’s graduating class are to be congratulated for admission into some of the most sought-after colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. We saw 100% of the Class of 2018 admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90% will be attending a college ranked in the top 10% in the nation.