BREAKING: Maryland Swimming Recommended To Be Cut in Budget Crisis

  24 Braden Keith | November 08th, 2011 | College

A source who has asked to remain anonymous because of their connection to the University has told us that the University of Maryland is expected to cut their swimming program. The decision is not final, but the recommendation to cut swimming has been sent to the university president for approval.

Maryland would become the 2nd ACC swimming program (3rd if you count future ACC member Syracuse) to be cut within a 5-year period. The Clemson Swimming programs will be phased out after this season.

We contacted Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Andreson for comment, and he responded that “The President’s Commission on ICA (intercollegiate athletics) is currently reviewing the financials and the future of the athletic department” and that “it would be premature to comment on any program at this time”.

This story comes on the heels of a report by the Washington Post that states that the Maryland Athletics Department is projected to lose $4.7 million this year, with more defecits to come.

The Washington Post goes on to point out that Maryland has 4 more varsity athletics programs than the ACC average (27 in total), but still spends signficantly less per athlete ($67,390) than any other school in the ACC. When you are running a program with lower per-athlete costs than your peers, then it’s hard to find many places to improve spending efficiencies aside from simply cutting programs.

Maryland has a phenomenal facility on campus that is part of their Campus Recreation Services Department. It includes a 25 yard instructional pool and a 50-meter competition pool, with 1,200 spectator seating.

The Maryland roster currently has 26 women and 24 men. This is not expected to be the only cut made by Maryland in this process. The Maryland women finished 22nd at the NCAA Championships last year.

More to come as details continue to emerge.

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Donald Duck to water
4 years 8 months ago

Why would you wait until after the NLI day…tommorrow to make an annoucement? Those poor kids. Hopefully someone can get hold of the kids who have verbally committed and let them know of the situation before they sign.

4 years 8 months ago

They said they didn’t send the NLI out and the coaches have to call all the recruits today.

4 years 8 months ago

I think this is a natural move, I mean the only way their 2-7 football team is going to get better is to cut olympic sports and put more money into a program that is insignificant in the BCS and has possibly the worst uniforms ever made.

what a joke of an AD- one of the best facilities in the country and they won’t have a varsity swim team–

4 years 8 months ago

The money would not be put into other sports, this is to get the athletic budget out of the red and at least break even.

The football team is one of the few teams that generate money for the athletic department so that we can have so many non revenue sports.

And dont worry, the facilities wont go to waste. We have a club team which can be run for a fraction of a cost, while at the same time maintaining the same sense of camaraderie and competition as a varsity team would.

4 years 8 months ago

i think a maryland AD has spoken!

4 years 8 months ago

Terp12 your comment makes me sick

4 years 8 months ago

As the parent of a swimmer who verbally commited to UMD and turned down other offers, the rug was completely pulled right out from under them at the last hour, with no where to turn. It is a disgrace.

4 years 8 months ago

To go off Terp12, your statement would be true if Maryland’s football team did generate enough money to support non-revenue sports. But in actuality Maryland football is barely able to support themselves being that their record is 2-7 and their fan attendance is less than that of their men’s soccer team. It also doesn’t help having an AD spend 2 million dollars buying out a defunct football coach coupled with creating 27 new uniform combinations to lose in.

Swim Mom
4 years 8 months ago

Anonymous-I’m sure one of the coaches your swimmer turned down would be happy to have him/her call. Almost all of the coaches my swimmer turned down said to call if anything changed. Don’t give up! There is a school/team for them out there.

Donald Duck to water
4 years 8 months ago

Anonymous- just as Swim Mom said, call those other schools back. This is not your kids fault and I know for a fact that there big schools with scholarships left due to recruits not panning out at the last minute for them. Good luck to your child.

As for Terp12, you have got to be kidding, you have just crushed 30-40 kids dreams plus verbally committed seniors….but at least your former football coach is rolling in the money and living his dream.

4 years 8 months ago

I believe this will affect their Water Polo team as well. They won the Eastern Conference last year and finished in the top 20. Will be a sad day for swimming and water polo if this goes through.

4 years 8 months ago

They have been talking about cutting sports such as swimming for a couple weeks now. You should waited before commiting

4 years 8 months ago

Gotta make room for that extra 2K per scholarship.. Gotta stay competitive.. Terp12, why in the heel are you on a swimming website talking like college swimming isn’t worth a (expletive). Go away.

Water Polo
4 years 8 months ago

Maryland did NOT win the Eastern Title last year. Check your stats. They placed 3rd and did not receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships (Indiana). I am pretty unhappy about this result of cutting the aquatic programs. 2005 was the first year that the program was started at UMD. Coach Salyer has done an amazing with the program and if given a couple more years it would be at the top of the conference.

Indiana and Michigan are its top two teams that UMD faces. I know Indiana doesn’t have nearly the budget or the scholarships that Michigan does (which I know is DI fully funded). Its a shame to see this sport cut after only 5 (soon to be 6) years of competition and to do it at a time right before the Early NLI deadline.

Please read this article that SI just printed last week:

Athletic Programs need to save money…they need to understand what is really going on. Football having 80 is a ridiculous amount when 40% of those guys don’t even see the field. Seriously, like the article says they need to reduce the amount to 65 and have the option of breaking scholarships up.

Lastly, UMD has the finest athletic facilities in the Country (2010). That includes the aquatic facility. They are going the exact same route that University of Cincinnati has gone and taken out the swimming and diving program (a men’s program that had a national champion not too long ago). Both institutions now will just have club water polo and swimming.

4 years 8 months ago

Terp 12: No offense to your “club”, I am sure you have great camaraderie and have a good time 3-4 months out of the year, but that facility was built to provide world class training and competition. The ACC is regarded as one of the elite conferences in the country the fact that you have an AD who publicly vowed a few years ago to have the most sports teams in the ACC during a time when most public universities are struggling to keep up their services, clearly speaks to the administration’s inability to manage their department. Maryland is better than that Terp 12 and you should expect better. The budget shortfall is a direct result of the AD’s mismanagement, not the coaches or athletes…

4 years 8 months ago

This is an absolute disgrace. Many newspapers have also reported that the University continues to pay retired basketball coach Gary Williams $400K annually to be a fundraiser. How can these administrators sleep at night…….

4 years 8 months ago

hey just a shout out to all my fella swimmers, i was in arizona state swimming right when the AD announced that swimming and other sports would be cut, this a hard thing to go through i can imagine how everyone feeling right now, all i can say to you, DONT be afraid to speak your mind out there many things that are rather hidden to not to show the real reason for the cut, speak your minds out ASK hard questions and you will fish out the truth … best of luck to all of you …

4 years 8 months ago

Terp12, club teams are in no way the same as a Division I Varsity level sport, are you kidding me?

Best of luck to everyone though, cuts are horrible and I hate to see this happening so rampantly!

4 years 8 months ago

I feel for all the swimmers at UMD. I’m a Mom of a Clemson swimmer who at the time signed early in the fall of 2009. Then to find out April 30th 2010( last day to sign with anyone else) ON FACEBOOK that the team was phasing out. I know one of her teammates transferred to UMD this fall because he wanted to continue to swim. Such a shame what they’re doing to the amazing sport. Good Luck Maryland!!! If it doesn’t work out 2 teams at ACC’s will be saying goodbye :((

4 years 8 months ago

This sucks. Not sure how they think this saves money? Are they going to get a refund on the pool? The scholarships cost vertually nothing and travel is relatively cheaper then flying a losing football team all over the country!

1 year 3 months ago

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