During the weekend of Sept. 29-30, the Mission Viejo Nadadores’ dive office was broken into and the complex was vandalized. Practice at the world-famous club was canceled on Monday, Oct. 1, as police investigated the scene.
According to a statement from the club, vandals threw a large cement block through the glass door of the office and flipped a 1-meter springboard off its hinges. Vandals also stole a custom “Mission Viejo” sign and computer from the club’s office. In all, there were a few thousand dollars in damage.
Blood droplets near the pool were among other clues left behind.
Since the mid-1970s, the Mission Viejo Nadadores diving complex has been a well-known training center for Olympic hopefuls. The club boasts eight Olympians, six Olympic gold medals and 48 national championships.