A McCormick Diver Receives The “Lee Brennan” Award

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By Jo Murray
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With all this hot weather, I’d say the more time we can spend diving into the water, the better.

And there’s not a better diver in our waters than Madelyn “Dolly” Payne, who recently received the prestigious Lee Brennan Memorial Scholarship. The honor is named after Brennan, an athletic star and academic high achiever whose life was cut short in an auto accident.

Payne earned the scholarship as an active participant with a U.S. Southern Pacific Association Diving Team. It was based on her ability to maintain excellent grades (she is a 2015 Los Alamitos High School valedictorian) while also competing as a top varsity athlete in both diving and tennis.Read More »A McCormick Diver Receives The “Lee Brennan” Award

Deep Water Pool with Diving at Belmont Plaza is Good for Long Beach Business

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By Jessica Pollack

 Will the City of Long Beach take advantage of a ONCE IN A GENERATION opportunity?

When completed in 1968, the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool was the premier aquatics facility in the country and a jewel for the City of Long Beach.  Now that the pool has been condemned and is to be rebuilt, the City has a one-time opportunity to once again showcase our beautiful city to the rest of the world.

It is time now for the City of Long Beach to come through with its promise to provide a new world class, state-of-the-art aquatics facility, including a deep water diving pool, to replace the condemned Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, as the Long Beach City Council unanimously approved on February 12, 2013.

In its 45 years of active use from August 1968 through January 2013, the original Belmont pool lauded the finest athletes and coaches in aquatics. The most decorated Long Beach Olympian is a diver. Some have won two Olympic medals and Misty May Treanor has won three, but only one Long Beach aquatics athlete has won four Olympic Gold Medals – Pat McCormick with 4 Olympic Gold Medals in Diving. In addition, several of our local diving, swimming and water polo coaches served multiple times as Olympic coaches.

Read More »Deep Water Pool with Diving at Belmont Plaza is Good for Long Beach Business