The Aquatics Center at the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center
The 300-seat natatorium at St. Mary's College of Maryland features an Olympic-size swimming pool with the state-of-the-art design demanded for major competitions. The pool can be divided by bulkheads when necessary into smaller sections, such as the standard 25-yard lap used in collegiate meets. It has several features meant to minimize wave action, including specially designed gutters, and a state-of-the-art heat-recovery and dehumidification unit to cut down on humidity. The Aquatics Center has been home to the Capital Athletic Conference Men's & Women's Swimming Championships every February since 2006.
Capital Athletic Conference
Formed in 1989, the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) is a 8-member coalition of four-year, co-educational institutions that promotes intercollegiate athletic competition among schools located in close geographic proximity that have similar educational and athletic philosophies. The CAC strives to develop a harmony of good feeling and a spirit of competitive sportsmanship, fellowship, and uniformity of practice among member institutions. Conference members are required to operate their intercollegiate athletic programs under the highest ethical standards and to maintain a program consistent with the overall educational philosophy of the member institutions. Five CAC member institutions sponsor the sports of men's and women's swimming - Frostburg State, Mary Washington, St. Mary's, Salisbury, and York.