New Facebook Group Started For Iowa Swimming & Diving Alumni to Save Program

A new Facebook group calling all alumni for the University of Iowa swimming and diving program has been created to unite over 100 years of swimmers to try and band together to help reverse the decision to save the program after the university announced it would cut four sports after the 2021 season.

Iowa swimming and diving finished sixth at the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships out of ten teams as the Hawkeyes become the first men’s swim team cut in the Big Ten since Illinois finished competing after the 1993 season.

Iowa’s women’s team was ninth at Big Ten’s this year out of 13 teams as no women’s team in the Big Ten, besides the University of Maryland, has cut women’s swimming, making this decision a truly historical one.

The University of Iowa is also scheduled to host the upcoming men’s NCAA Division I swimming and diving championships in 2021 as their world class facility first opened its doors in the summer of 2010 and has hosted the 2015 NCAAs as well as five Big Ten championships – three men and two women. Swimming World has called on a relocation of the 2021 men’s NCAAs to a campus that would adequately support swimming and diving.

Iowa swimming and diving qualified four swimmers to the 2020 NCAA championships before the meet was cancelled to slow down COVID-19 – two from each team. Senior Hannah Burvill qualified in the 200 free along with junior Kelsey Drake (200 butterfly), sophomore Anze Fers Erzen (200 back) and junior Daniel Swanepoel (200 breaststroke). Divers Mohamed Neuman and Sam Tamborski had also qualified to compete at NCAAs in 2020.

Iowa is the fifth school to cut its swim team this off-season, joining the likes of East Carolina, Connecticut, Boise State and Dartmouth.

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