The top 24 swimmers in the state qualify for an individual event (at state). Right now he's in the top 24 in the state in the 100-yard backstroke.
I think they're looking to seat more people. Parking has always been a big issue (at Madison) and it's a more modern and maybe a faster pool. The coaches association of Wisconsin was trying to address those issues and with this pool being built I think it addresses those things.
As a swimmer and as a team you'd rather go to where the fastest pool is and if you have something modern, well you'd rather go there.