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Sac State Aquatic Center’s success built on a family foundation

Made at Sac State: the DulgarsIn many ways, the story of the world-class Sacramento State Aquatic Center on Lake Natoma is the story of Brian and Cindi Dulgar.

The Sac State alums and lifelong athletes met at a water-skiing tournament in the early 1980s and eventually landed jobs at the Aquatic Center. Their relationship evolved from a close friendship and training partnership to marriage. The center, meanwhile, also evolved, from a facility that was little more than two cargo containers and a rickety Dodge van that “burned more oil than it did fuel,” as Brian recalls, to a facility that hosts the crown jewels of national crew competition and served more than 50,000 visitors last year.

The Dulgars have presided over that unprecedented growth – Brian as director and Cindi as associate director. “This Aquatic Center is special,” Cindi says. “We’ve got a great location and beautiful facilities, but it’s not the buildings that are special – it’s the people who are here who make it special.”
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