The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are bracing for Maryland to drop their programs as part of a cost-cutting move following a meeting with Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.
By Tuesday night, word of the programs’ likely elimination had reached Bob Groseth, executive director of the College Swimming Coaches Association. And a “Save UMD Swimming and Diving” Facebook group had formed in response, with 3,000 members and growing.
Groseth said in a telephone interview that he was told swimming is among as many as 10 sports identified for possible elimination at Maryland. That’s roughly one-third of the department’s offering of 27 sports.
“Certainly it’s a sad day for swimming,” Groseth said in a telephone interview. “But the prospect of six or seven or eight more teams being cut — it’s a sad day for athletics.”