SYRACUSE, New York, August 27. WITH school starting today, Syracuse swimmers return to the pool. All eligible swimmers are returning for what could be the final year for a program with a 90-year tradition.
In May, Syracuse administrators announced that this season will be the last for both the men's and women's swimming teams as they will be replaced with a women's hockey program, as reported here.
The announcement has been met with a tremendous outcry of support from the Syracuse athletic supporters and the swimming community. A petition has been created that more than 3,600 supporters have signed to date, all asking for the reinstatement of the program. And, a new web site has been established over the past week.
Visit SaveSyracuseSwimming.com and sign up to be kept informed of efforts underway to attempt to preserve this program so rich with history and tradition. In addition to being a vehicle to be kept informed, the web site has cataloged the many news articles that have been written to date. Also, the site contains quotes from leaders of the swimming community such as Janet Evans, Gary Hall, Christina Teuscher and others.
Other features of the site make it easy to send a message of support to administrators, or reference the save the program logo on a Web page of your own. Visit the site today and sign up for updates, sign the petition and inform others that they can make a difference by voicing their support of the program.
And if you are an Orange Swimming Alumni or know of others who are, a Syracuse Swimming and Diving alumni reunion has been set for the weekend of Oct. 5. If interested visit to learn more. The weekend will honor the 25th anniversary of the 1982 Championship team and will be an opportunity for alumni to assist efforts underway to reinstate Syracuse Swimming and Diving.