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The Battling Bishop men’s and women’s swimming teams host their home meets at the Meek Aquatics and Recreation Center, located on South Henry Street on the southeastern corner of campus.
The Meek Center boasts a 10-lane pool, a 13-foot-deep diving well, and 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards.
The facility also is Ohio Wesleyan's first "green" building, featuring a geothermal energy system that heats and cools the building, and a heat-recovery system that heats water for the pool. The Meek Center also includes a reflective clay-tile roof as well as recycled, regional, and low-VOC (volatile organic chemical) building materials.
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver Certification to the Meek Center, making it the first LEED-certified building constructed on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.
The Meek Center is named in recognition of 1959 OWU graduates Phillip J. and Nancy La Porte Meek of Frankfort, Mich., who gave a lead gift of $3.5 million to help fund the $10 million facility. The Meek Center is funded entirely with alumni contributions and grants, including $1.1 million in federal funds to support the geothermal energy system.
From 1954-2010, Ohio Wesleyan swimming events were contested at Pfeiffer Natatorium. The 25-yard, 6-lane pool was named in recognition of the gift of Annie Merner Pfeiffer.
Prior to 1954, Ohio Wesleyan swimming events were contested in the University’s first pool, a 20-foot by 20-yard facility in the basement of Edwards Gymnasium that served the University for nearly 50 years after Edwards opened during the 1905-06 academic year.