GREENSBORO, North Carolina, August 25. NORTH Carolina A&T Athletics announced recently that it would drop women’s swimming by 2015-16 in a move that adds men’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf as well as women’s soccer during a seven-year phase-in process. The Aggies plan on honoring all swimming scholarships that have been promised.
“We are committed to moving all of our athletic programs into a position where they can compete for conference championships because as it stands now, winning a conference title gives us our best chance to advance to an NCAA playoff,” said Director of Athletics Earl M. Hilton. “Our swimming program has produced great athletes and outstanding citizens in our society. Many of our swimmers have been tremendously successful after graduating from North Carolina A&T. We must, however, move our department to where every athlete has the opportunity to compete for a conference and NCAA title. I don’t see a scenario where the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will sponsor swimming in the foreseeable future.”
The Aggies have initiated a new push to win conference championships within its sports program, and this includes a goal by the overall university that the athletics program wins five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships each year by 2020. With the MEAC not sponsoring the sport, it was impossible for women’s swimming to help with the overall university goals.