More Bad News on the College Circuit

By John Lohn

CRANBURY, New Jersey, January 29. TO be quite honest, it was a relatively uneventful weekend in the pool. At this point in the season, the majority of the teams in the country are preparing for the upcoming conference championships. As a result, the fireworks will really begin to burn in a few weeks and the campaign will surge into March's NCAA Championships. But, here are a few notable developments from the college scene from the past few days.

**Unfortunately, we start on a sour note as it was announced on Friday that Butler University, following a disturbing and growing trend, is killing men's swimming. The Butler announcement arrived one day after Ohio University indicated that it was taking the hatchet to its men's program. Although Butler is currently a non-scholarship sport, the program has been in existence since 1928.

That Butler is eliminating men's swimming is another bad sign for the sport, as it is further evidence that athletic directors across the country are too frequently using the excuse of finances or Title IX for their ability to take opportunities from male athletes. On the positive side, a pair of small schools have decided to add swimming, as Ramapo (N.J.) and Milligan (Tenn.) will soon offer the sport.

**Last week, we took a look at the sensational efforts of Northwestern's Matt Grevers in the 200 individual medley. This weekend, we were impressed by Grevers' 50 free split of 18.99 on the end of the 200 free relay. Obviously, Grevers is ready to cap his collegiate career in stylish fashion. Behind Grevers, the Wildcats finished an unbeaten regular season and handed Michigan its first Big Ten Conference loss since 1999.

**Throughout the season, Florida State has impressively roared into the Top 10 of the women's rankings. But, the Seminoles suffered their first loss of the season over the weekend, albeit to a power program: Auburn. The Tigers scored a 129-112 decision in their final dual meet of the season. Emily Kukors won the 200 butterfly with a season-best performance of 1:59.68.

**Here is a complete list of the College Channel headlines from this past weekend:
More Bad News on the College Circuit
Wright State Teams Shut Out Butler
Columbia Captures 198-94 Victory Over Cornell on the Road
Columbia Crushes Rutgers, 152-88
Akron Passes Toledo, 156-144
Gopher Men Win Own Minnesota Challenge
Bulldogs Hand 181-119 Loss to Bears
Yale Women Defeat Brown, 188.5-111.5
UC-Irvine Downs UC-San Diego Teams
Boston College Overtakes Maine
Ohio Ends Season with Wins Over Ball State
No. 24 Missouri Tops Nebraska, 169.5-122.5
Eastern Michigan Swims Past Buffalo
Duke Sweeps East Carolina in Final Dual
Pepperdine Split Meets with San Diego State, Cal Poly
UNLV Teams Score Multiple Wins on Senior Day
No. 18 Purdue Upsets No. 11 Indiana in Big Ten Showdown
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Navy Splits With Penn
Utah Sweeps Air Force
George Mason Hosts American, Army and Old Dominion
Keene State Splits With Bentley
Truman State Splits With Drury
Nittany Lions Lead Shamrock Invite
No. 1 Texas Men Upend No. 24 Texas A&M, 129-106
Notre Dame Concludes Shamrock Invitational
Clemson Sweeps N.C. State
Louisville Splits With Western Kentucky
Meet of the Week Recap: No. 6 UW-Stevens Point Men Upset By UW-La Crosse, 140-103
Meet of the Week Recap: No. 3 UW-Stevens Point Women Hold Off UW-La Crosse, 136-107
Cleveland Men Cap Miami (Ohio)
No. 24 Missouri Overrides Nebraska
Northern Arizona Cruises By San Diego
Nevada Ends Perfect 18-0 Season With Victory Over San Jose State
Washington State Women Bounce Idaho, Boise State
Husky Women Overtake Oregon State on Senior Day
No. 2 Stanford Men Down No. 6 USC, 141-95
Louisville Split with Western Kentucky
Auburn Tigers Dominate Seminoles
Virginia Tech Women Pass Pittsburgh, 155-145
No. 6 Northwestern Drops No. 12 Michigan, No. 13 Ohio State to Finish Perfect Season
Kenyon Lords Narrowly Beat Miami (Ohio), 158-156
Kansas Swims By Iowa State
Meet of the Week Recap: No. 22 North Carolina Men Cruise By Maryland, 204-90
Richmond Women Edge Out William & Mary, 153.5-146.5
Meet of the Week Recap: North Carolina Women Rip Maryland, 205-83
Harvard Women Top New Hampshire, 161-74
Harvard Men Swim by Brown, 179-116
Husky Men Win Only Home Meet
Cornell Men Complete Undefeated Season
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Miami (Ohio) Women End Season with Perfect Record
Utah Sweeps Wyoming to Continue Women's Dominance
TCU Earns Pair of Wins Over Centenary
Florida State Captures Wins Over Indian River
New Mexico Takes Down In-State Rival New Mexico State
LSU Women on Top at Quad Meet After Day One
No. 4 Cal Women Defeat No. 14 UCLA, 165-96, to Remain Undefeated
No. 4 Cal Men Hand 170-110 Loss to No. 6 USC
Florida Sweeps Tennessee in SEC Showdown
No. 25 SMU Downs No. 24 Aggie Men
Ohio State Leads Michigan, Northwestern
Meet of the Week Recap: No. 11 Missouri-Rolla Sweeps No. 13 Truman State Men, 124-76
Flash! Butler University to Cut Men's Swimming
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