All the Cuts and Cancellations to College Aquatics Programs for 2020-2021

All of the cuts, cancellations and suspensions of collegiate aquatics programs around the country are – unfortunately – getting hard to keep track of amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Below, we’re keeping track of all the affected teams, with data courtesy of Mat Talk. SwimSwam articles with more information about the cut programs are linked.


School Division Conference Sport Gender Outcome Athletes affected
Boise State I Mountain West Swim & Dive Women Cut 21
Connecticut I Big East Swim & Dive Men Cut after ’20-’21 28
Dartmouth I Ivy League Swim & Dive Women & Men Cut 33
East Carolina I American Swim & Dive Women & Men Cut 49
Tiffin II Great Midwest Swim & Dive Women & Men Cut 30
UMass Dartmouth III Little East Swim & Dive Women & Men Cut 33
Urbana II Mountain East Swim & Dive Women & Men Campus closed 14
Western Illinois I Summit League Swim & Dive Women & Men Indefinitely suspended 24
Sonoma State II CCAA Water Polo Women Cut 8
Urbana II Mountain East Water Polo Women Campus closed 0
Stanford I Pac-12 Synchronized Swimming Women Cut 10
Brown I Ivy League Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Bucknell I Patriot League Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps III SCIAC Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Fresno City CCCAA Central Valley Water Polo Women
Canceled – Spring 2020
Harvard I Ivy League Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Johns Hopkins III Centennial Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Merced CCCAA Central Valley Water Polo Women & Men
Canceled 2020-21
Canceled – Fall 2020
Pomona-Pitzer III SCIAC Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Princeton I Ivy League Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020
Occidental III SCIAC Water Polo Men
Canceled – Fall 2020


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David Wulffe
3 months ago

You guys should update the list. Be interesting / disappointing to 2020 to today.

3 years ago

What about Iowa & Michigan State? How up to date is this list?

Reply to  Chris
3 years ago

The list is up to date as of the moment it was posted. The date can be seen at the top of the article.

3 years ago

How about updating this list – it is getting really ugly out here for water sports.

Alan Smith
3 years ago

Maybe sell beer at meets? Two for 10$ to raise money!

4 years ago

It looks so devastating when a list this long shows up.

Jason Zajonc
Reply to  Seth
4 years ago

Total bummer. Sign of the times. We must fight as a group to help stop this BS. Some schools really might not have the money…others!? If they can carry an entire football program that loses and has way less graduates…? I am here in Sonoma County and to see the Womens Water Polo at Sonoma State be cut is brutal…in Wine Country…the schools need to learn how to develop better relationships with Sponsors and Alumni.

4 years ago

Just announced – can add to the list. NE10 is the largest D2 conference in country.

4 years ago

Sorry, know this is a little off-topic, but I had heard that the NCAA was to consider yesterday whether to further extend the recruiting dead period. Anyone heard any news on that? Have heard from some programs that they were expecting news on the topic after yesterday’s meeting.

Reply to  SwimFan49
4 years ago

THey have extended the D2 quiet period until August 31; nothing new announced yet about D1 or D3.

Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

Thanks, Braden

Swim Dad
4 years ago

In general, your athletes affected column is conservative. For example, Boise has 21 athletes from last year’s roster set to return that you appropriately considered. They also have 6 student athletes in the class of 2020 (according to another swimming recruiting website) that should be added to that running total. There’s also a number of the class of 2021 that were probably deep in conversation with them at this point that can’t be counted but is heartbreaking anyway.

Here are the numbers I pulled for commits affected by the cuts above. These should be added to the totals. (And, by the way, these are only the numbers of those still listed as commits. Some athletes have already flipped.)

Boise –… Read more »

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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