CDM Community Aquatics Facilities Foundation (CCAFF)

The Marian Bergeson Aquatics Complex (MBAC), located on the campus of Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, opened in 1990 after construction was completed with funds contributed by the City of Newport Beach (CNB), the Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD), and donations from many businesses and individuals throughout Newport Beach.  From the time it opened, MBAC has been used daily, nearly year-round, for aquatics activities ranging from high school water polo and swim teams, physical education classes, and various community-wide aquatics programs, including youth water polo, competitive swimming, adult lap swimming, seasonal swimming instruction, life guard training, and more.

 MBAC has also served as a venue for many regional, national, and international aquatics competitions and events, most recently hosting the United States’ men’s and women’s Olympic water polo teams in exhibition games leading up to the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 FINA Men's Intercontinental Water Polo Torunament. Current Olympians include Corona del Mar High School alumni, Tumua Anae, goalie, 2012 US Women’s team (Gold medal), Kelly Rulon, 2012 US Women’s team (Gold medal) and 2004 US Women's team (Bronze medal), and John Mann, center, 2012 US Men’s team, as well as Ryan Bailey, center, four-time member of the US Men’s team (Silver medal, 2008), Corona del Mar High School assistant boys’ water polo coach and co-founder and head coach of CDM Grey, the only post-high school and collegiate club water polo team in the US. 

In 2005, CCAFF determined that major maintenance work was required to repair and stop further deterioration of, and to update and upgrade the facility, as well as to preserve an asset important the school and community. The renovation project, divided into four phases and valued at approximately $2.8 million, has been completed with funds contributed by the Newport Mesa Unified School District, the City of Newport Beach, and the community.  Completed improvements include:


                  • Replastered pool and refurbished pool electrical and drainage systems, pool decking
                  • Shade structures over bleachers

                  • New state-of-the-art scoreboard and wireless event manage

                  • New pool & deck lighting
                  • Renovated existing building to include new coaches' offices & work stations/meet management area                                                           

                  • Remodeled equipment storage rooms
                  • Murals depicting CDM Aquatics “honor wall” & logos of the girls’ and boys’ water polo teams

                   • Repurposed “team room” as conference and study center w/conference table seating for 65+ & 13 computer stations

                  • Installed trophy cases & new audio-visual equipment in conference center
                  • Remodeled snack bar, including new custom cabinets, electrical & plumbing systems, appliances, & ceiling fan                                                            

                  • New state-of-the-art 3000 square foot locker room with 112 lockers, 10 showers, and restroom facilities per gender    

After nearly 10 years of hard work toward their common goal of creating a world-class aquatics facility, representatives of the the Newport Mesa Unified School District, the City of Newport Beach, and the Newport Beach aquatics community gathered together on October 7, 2014 to celebrate the culmination of their exceptional partnership: a beautifully renovated, state-of-the-art MBAC. Gathered together on the pool deck, they re-dedicated MBAC, celebrated their success, and expressed their immense pride  at their creation: a flagship aquatics facility, central to our community. 

We look forward to celebrating the many successes of past, current and future generations of our aquatics community, from the toddlers who come to MBAC to learn to swim, to the recreational users, to our student-athletes who hone their athletic prowess and learn valuable life skills, to our NCAA aquatics athletes, and of course, our former, current, and future Olympians.

CCAFF Welcomes and Appreciates Your Donations!

There are still outstanding improvements to be made at MBAC, such as an updated sound system, ice machine and freezer to treat injuries, temporary shade structures (EZ Ups) to shelter athletes (on the benches on the pool deck and to take to offsite events), a capital reserve fund, and the like. If you would like to contribute  toward any of these or similar items, CCAFF would welcome and appreciate your donation. CCAFF is a legally formed, valid and existing California non-profit corporation charged with raising funds to renovate, update and maintain MBAC .         

 CCAFF is a tax-exempt organization, qualifying as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3). Contributions to CCAFF are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) and California Revenue & Taxation Code, Section 23701d. CCAFF’s federal tax identification number is 56-2592461, and its California Corporation Number is 2881362.

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