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When it's 16 degrees below zero outside with elevated wind chills the reservoirs of personal winter tolerance are low but a few hours of exercise a week in the 90-degree water can refresh the mind, body and soul.

It has been 15 years since the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center opened and was gifted by the community to the Antigo Unified School District.

“It is a renewing place,” Dr. John McKenna, who led the drive for the facility, said. It has been open on average 350 days a year.”

Currently, the two poolsthe Remington competition and Vavruska warm-water zero entryoffers classes in two levels of water aerobics along with programs for arthritis and fitness; high-intensity cardiac training; Ah Chi, non-aerobic/medical renewal; aqua jogging/walking; lap swimming; and certification of instruction in water safety, lifeguarding, swim instruction and pool direction.

Over the past 15 years, the center has also undergone regular preventive maintenance and upgrades. The rooftop heat exchangers have been replaced, the floors and walls of the pools relined and the areas painted, and new filters added.

Visitors will also notice new LED lights and a new sound system.

Over 3500 visitors use the Aquatic Center per month on average with over 500 water exercise class participants. In addition, each elementary school visits the center three times per school year for lessons. The high school and middle school phy.ed classes attend and strive for skills so every child is offered the opportunity to become a swimmer.

Youth activities include the Antigo Swim Club, formed in 2004; the Penguin Swim Team; and varsity boys and girls swim teams present since 2013. In 2016, 2017, 2018 high school varsity swimmers participated in the state swim WIAA championship competition at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium/Aquatic Center in Madison, posting excellent performances.

Throughout the academic school year open swim is available daily with pool temperatures at 90 degrees in the Vavruska activity pool and 80 degrees in the Remington lap-competition pool. The summertime Sheldon outdoor water play area is open when temperatures allow in the summer and opens directly into the Vavruska pool area.

“So when individual reservoirs of tolerance for snow and winter are nearing empty it is refreshing to recharge at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center which is open and staffed daily,” McKenna said.
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A warm water aerobics class in the Vavruska pool at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center.

When winter is terrible, the pool is great
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When it's 16 degrees below zero outside with elevated wind chills the reservoirs of personal winter tolerance are low but a few hours of exercise a week in the 90-degree water can refresh the mind, body and soul.

It has been 15 years since the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center opened and was gifted by the community to the Antigo Unified School District.

“It is a renewing place,” Dr. John McKenna, who led the drive for the facility, said. It has been open on average 350 days a year.”

Currently, the two poolsthe Remington competition and Vavruska warm-water zero entryoffers classes in two levels of water aerobics along with programs for arthritis and fitness; high-intensity cardiac training; Ah Chi, non-aerobic/medical renewal; aqua jogging/walking; lap swimming; and certification of instruction in water safety, lifeguarding, swim instruction and pool direction.

Over the past 15 years, the center has also undergone regular preventive maintenance and upgrades. The rooftop heat exchangers have been replaced, the floors and walls of the pools relined and the areas painted, and new filters added.

Visitors will also notice new LED lights and a new sound system.

Over 3500 visitors use the Aquatic Center per month on average with over 500 water exercise class participants. In addition, each elementary school visits the center three times per school year for lessons. The high school and middle school phy.ed classes attend and strive for skills so every child is offered the opportunity to become a swimmer.

Youth activities include the Antigo Swim Club, formed in 2004; the Penguin Swim Team; and varsity boys and girls swim teams present since 2013. In 2016, 2017, 2018 high school varsity swimmers participated in the state swim WIAA championship competition at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium/Aquatic Center in Madison, posting excellent performances.

Throughout the academic school year open swim is available daily with pool temperatures at 90 degrees in the Vavruska activity pool and 80 degrees in the Remington lap-competition pool. The summertime Sheldon outdoor water play area is open when temperatures allow in the summer and opens directly into the Vavruska pool area.

“So when individual reservoirs of tolerance for snow and winter are nearing empty it is refreshing to recharge at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center which is open and staffed daily,” McKenna said.
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A warm water aerobics class in the Vavruska pool at the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center.
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