By Phillip Whitten
EUGENE, Oregon, Oct. 30. SWIMMING maintained a shrinking lead over gymnastics in the voting on the University of Oregon web site for the addition of a women's sport.
Early this afternoon, swimming led by a mere 14 votes, out of about 156,000 votes cast. Here's the latest vote count:
1. Swimming & Diving (184) – 38.8% (61,328 votes)
2. Gymnastics (64) – 38.8% (61,314 votes)
3. Water Polo (29) – 20.3% (32,049 votes)
4. Lacrosse (77) – 0.5% (841 votes)
5. Rowing (84) – 0.5% (785 votes)
Based upon voting patterns, it appears to me that gymnastics is about to make a big, get-out-THE-vote push.
If swimming is to win, we'll have to match that effort.
Swimming should win this vote: there are more registered swimmers in this country than regsitered athletes in gymnastics.
Judging by voting patterns, I doubt that swimming's lead will last the night. We need swimming fans to continue voting!
YOU can help create a new Women's Swimming and Diving program at Oregon by voting at the school's web site below.
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