Texas Tech University

Leisure Pool Ranked as One of the Nation’s Best

K’Leigh Sims

June 11, 2015

This is the second time this year the $8.4 million facility has been nationally recognized.

Leisure Pool from above

Texas Tech University's leisure pool at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center recently was recognized by College Rank for having one of the best campus pools in the nation.

Among the 30 schools chosen, Texas Tech was ranked No. 4 and was the highest-ranked school in the Big 12 Conference and the state.

The $8.4 million facility was completed in May 2009 and is one of the largest in the nation. The facility features a 645-foot lazy river, an 8-lane lap pool, 25-person hot tub, diving well and a wet deck for tanning where students can relax. The facility stretches across two acres.

“Without the direct input of the Texas Tech student body, our recreational facilities would not be where they are today,” said Peewee Roberson, managing director of Recreational Sports. “In the last 40 years, Texas Tech Recreational Sports has put in a strong effort to provide our students with facilities they want and need. We are honored to be included in this ranking and will continue to provide for our students.”

The methodology of the ranking used subjective data such as reviews, a point system based on notable amenities and average temperatures by location, and also the amenities available to students.

This is the second time this year the leisure pool has been nationally ranked.

Texas Tech Leisure Pool
Texas Tech Leisure Pool

In February, Texas Tech was ranked 15th nationally for the best extras on campus and was the highest-ranked school in Texas.

Last year, the leisure pool was featured on ABC News Nightline for its “tricked-out” college campus alongside the University of Missouri, the University of Akron, the University of Texas-Austin and Drexel University.

The leisure pool is open to students, faculty, staff and family members and also offers family hours throughout the day and weekends.

During the summer, parents can register their children in the Youth Learn-to-Swim program where Texas Tech Rec Sports faculty will emphasize water safety while introducing the fundamentals of swimming, diving and other aquatic activities.

Registration is open to Texas Tech personnel as well as the Lubbock community. More information about the Learn-to-Swim program and a registration form are available on the Rec Sports website.

The student recreation center also features an indoor facility that allows swimming year round. The facility has standard 25-yard lap lanes at varying depths and a large shallow area with a basketball hoop and is a popular spot for aerobics classes.

For more information about the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center or the leisure pool, visit the Rec Sports website.