Supporters of the Maryland swimming and diving programs have officially ended their run at raising enough money to save their program after missing a July 1st fundraising deadline. A statement released by the University reveals that out of 8 programs that were announced to be on the chopping-block in November, only a single one (men’s track) hit their fundraising benchmark.
The cuts were first recommended in the fall to account for a huge budget shortfall in the Athletics Department. The Athletics Department offered the program a small sliver of hope to become perpetually self-funded, but with only about two years to raise over $11 million, even at that it was a tall order. The first deadline of $2.8 million in cash donations was up on June 30th.
Despite a good fight from the swimmers and their alumni (see interview with Megan Lafferty and Kevin Reardon), the writing was on the wall when a massive exodus of transfers began after the NCAA Championships. We have received a full list of which transfers are going where, and will work on releasing that info in the next week.