Built in 1977 through the generosity of Marist athletics supporter James J. McCann, the McCann Natatorium is one of the premier aquatic facilities in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The natatorium is home to the Marist men's and women's swimming and diving and women's water polo programs.
The most dominant swimming and diving teams in the MAAC, the Red Foxes have won more league championships than any other school in the conference. Swimming and Diving is the most decorated varsity program within the Marist Athletics Department. The 265,000-gallon facility, ranging in depth from 4 feet to 13 feet, provides six 25-yard lanes and an independent diving well. The well contains two 1-meter Duraflex diving boards and one 3-meter Duraflex diving board.
Separating the diving well from the lap pool is a seven-foot-wide Whitten movable bulkhead. The bulkhead was installed in 2001, the same year the aquatic facility was re-coated with a Marcite surface. Mezzanine level spectator seating provides room for up to 325 fans while deck level seating can accommodate up to 320.
The 5,400-square-foot deck contains a training trampoline for divers along with ample space for numerous conditioning opportunities for the men's and women's swimming and diving teams. Locker rooms are easily accessible, located directly off the deck. A Colorado timing system, installed in 1978, is used to record all swimming and diving outcomes.
In 2000, the natatorium became the home of the women's water polo team. The Red Foxes played their first home match against Iona in March of 2000. The movable bulkhead and pool depth make the natatorium an optimal site for water polo competition. A new Colorado water-polo specific timing and scoring system was added in 2005.
The McCann Natatorium served as the host to the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships from 1997 to 2000. The MAAC Women's Water Polo Championships were held at the natatorium from 2004 to 2007. The facility was also selected as the Springboard Diving competition venue for the 2005 Empire State Games.
The natatorium is available for use by all Marist College students, faculty, staff and McCann Center members during open swim hours.