Site of the 1984 Olympic water polo competition, Pepperdine's Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool is recognized as a sparkling blue jewel carved amidst the rugged Santa Monica Mountains. The Pepperdine facility has gained prominence and fame as one of the premier aquatic centers, located on one of the most picturesque campuses in the world.
Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool also served as the host facility for the 2000 NCAA Championships, 2008 MPSF Championships and the 1983 FINA Cup.
The U.S. National Water Polo team has trained extensively at the Malibu-based pool, which is a popular spot for faculty, staff, students and local residents.
Versatility is another key characteristic of the facility. In addition to water polo, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool has been the site of several distinguished swimming competitions.
Named in memory of Raleigh Neal Runnels, son of Pepperdine Chancellor Dr. Charles Runnels and a cancer victim at age 17, the pool was dedicated on April 18, 1976. The facility was primarily funded through the generosity of Mrs. Frank Rogers Seaver and Morris B. Pendleton.
Opened for use in 1975, the pool was designed and built by Nader Construction. It contains approximately 700,000 gallons of water, ranges from three to 16 feet in depth and is equipped with one- and three-meter diving boards. The estimated construction cost was $450,000. Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool was renovated in the spring of 1997 with an improved filtering system.
Pepperdine's all-time 37-year record in water polo games played at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool stands at 265-103 (.720). The Waves have posted a winning record at home in 30 of 37 seasons, including a perfect 10-0 record during the national championship season of 1997. Pepperdine women's swimming and diving team has won more than 60 percent of its home meets over the years.