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History of ISC

History, often viewed as dusty tomes, dilapidated buildings, and faded photographs, is much more than a mere chronicle of the past. It's the vibrant tapestry woven from the triumphs and tribulations of those who came before us, offering invaluable lessons that illuminate our present and guide our future.

George F. Haines International Swim Center

The George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, CA, is a historic facility that has been home to some of the greatest swimmers in the world. Founded in 1966, the ISC has seen the likes of Mark Spitz and Donna de Varona train within its walls, and has been a vital part of the Santa Clara community and the swimming world for generations.

However, the ISC's future was uncertain in January 2024 when concerns arose about its structural integrity. The facility was indefinitely closed, but the City of Santa Clara is committed to preserving its legacy and plans are underway for renovations and repairs or building a new facility in its place.


The ISC is more than just a swimming pool; it's a symbol of the city's dedication to excellence and community, and its reopening will be a welcome return for swimmers of all ages and abilities.


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