Flash! Maryland Swimming and Diving Projected To Be Cut

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, November 9. THE men's and women's swimming and diving are likely to be cut at the University of Maryland, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Citing knowledge of a meeting yesterday with Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, the Post has reported that men's and women's swimming and diving, along with potentially up to 10 other sports, are looking to be cut as Maryland Athletics stands to lose $4.7 million this year.

"Certainly it's a sad day for swimming," College Swimming Coaches Association executive director Bob Groseth told the Post. "But the prospect of six or seven or eight more teams being cut — it's a sad day for athletics."

The Post also reports that while Maryland Athletics is looking to be in the negative by nearly $5 million this year, projections indicate that this loss could "more than triple, reaching $17.6 million, within the next five years unless spending is drastically cut."

No official decision has been made, as Maryland President Wallace Loh is not expected to make a final decision until Dec. 31, but Anderson met with the men's and women's swimming and diving programs to let them know that their sports would be recommended to be cut at the end of the season.

With the early signing date for recruiting beginning today, Maryland has elected not to send out National Letters of Intent in many of its sports. Maryland is the second Atlantic Coast Conference school to cut swimming, as Clemson cut its program last year.

Full text of Washington Post article.

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