'The Nat' Remains King

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The enthusiasm created when youth crosses paths with opportunity remains a frequent visitor to the three-story building snug in its surroundings on the IUPUI campus.

Today the IUPUI Sport Complex, home of the IU Natatorium, will, as it has the past three decades, place a ceiling above an array of emotions at the annual IHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving State Finals.

Champions are sure to rejoice. Those who for one reason or another fall short of their desired objective are certain to demonstrate levels of disappointment.

Existing beyond today to witness more practice laps and big-time events is the IU Natatorium, ageless teller of tales since 1982.

It’s easy to visually bypass a facility dedicated to swimming and diving when the Indianapolis skyline contains newer and higher-profile athletics complexes such as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium and Victory Field. But the IU Natatorium, its ordinary exterior contrasting the magnificence within, has been as consistent as an eastern sunrise.

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