and Sheri Dittmer envisioned a competitive training facility for
the Quincy area and in 1961-62 brought that dream to reality. Dan
worked as a swimming coach from 1957-62 at Spring Lake CC. He
coached his team to success in the original Junior Olympics in 1958
and 1959. Dittmer traveled to Decatur, Illinois and consulted with
Bob McCaine who had installed a pool similar to the T-Shaped
Sheridan pool. Dittmer’s discussions with McCaine solidified
plans for establishing Sheridan.
In 1961 several swimmers from Quincy competed in a swim meet in
Phoenix, Arizona at the Dick Smith Swim Gym. Walt Schlueter, who
had coached prior Olympic teams, was the head coach of the Dick
Smith Swim Gym at that time. Coach Schlueter spoke with Coach
Dittmer and his swimmers about the Dick Smith facility and the
ideas for the present facilities were finalized.
In the spring of 1962, Dan along with 4 other individuals, Alfred
Ehrhardt, Paul Seifert, Charles Seifert and George Irwin purchased
the land that Sheridan is currently situated on from the William
Boge family. The T-shaped outdoor pool was built and opened in the
summer of 1962. In the fall of 1962 the construction of the indoor
pool began and was opened in 1963.
During that time, the Swimming Hall of Fame opened in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. Several swimmers from Sheridan participated in
the Opening Meet for the Hall of Fame. Dan left for the Ft.
Lauderdale meet with more than his swimmers and had a great
experience. He returned to Quincy with his swimmers and the idea
for the 50 meter pool. In 1965, he began construction of the pool
that is used today, which is modeled after the Hall of Fame pool in
Ft Lauderdale, Florida. Dan Dittmer and his wife Sheri relocated in
1971. He has now completed over 25 years of coaching at the
Longview Aquatic Club in Florida.
The 50 meter pool records reflect the level of age group
competition held at the facility. Championship meets
including the 2005 Illinois State Long Course Age Group
Championships and the 1998 Central Zone Championships have been
held at Sheridan. And, for more than 10 years, Sheridan has
been host to the Titan Firecracker Classic where pool,
state, and national records have been set.
notable swimmers competing at Sheridan include Quincy’s
Nicole Kramer who competed and placed 4th in the 800 freestyle at
the ’76 Olympics. Another former Olympian and World Record
holder, Tom Jager, competed at Sheridan and still holds age group
records. Numerous records have been broken at our meets, testifying
to the remarkable talent that continues to compete at