Bucknell Suspends Swimmers, Cancels Training Trip After Violations

Bucknell has suspended all of its upperclassmen on the men’s swimming & diving team for two meets, put both its men’s and women’s teams on probation and canceled the team’s winter training trip in response to violations of school policy.

The school announced the punishments in a press release this week, saying they were in response to “misconduct in violation of University policy and team expectations.” The school says it found that both teams were part of an event in which underage team members were supplied with alcohol, and that the men’s team has a tradition of producing an email chain the school calls “lewd, sexist and misogynistic.”

That e-mail is reminiscent of the offensive listserv that landed the Princeton men’s team suspended for all of last season.

Both programs were already on probation for the past two years, for violations the school says were “of a related nature.” Some of the new misconduct happened while the teams were still under their previous probationary restrictions. The men’s team will now serve two more years of probation and the women’s team one year. During the probationary period, the teams will have to take part in “educational programming,” all team activities must be approved by the school’s athletic department, and members of both teams must get athletic department approval before living off-campus.

In addition, the team’s 2017-2018 winter training trip to Florida has been canceled, and all upper-class men will sit out of the first two meets of the year on suspension. (Those meets are at home against UMBC and on the road against Bryant). The school said individual athletes were also subject to more punishments, including longer suspensions and “loss of leadership positions.”

You can read the full Bucknell press release here.

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4 years ago

What the hell is wrong with these guys? How many more programs have to have suspensions, cancelled training trips, cancelled seasons and athletes getting thrown off of teams to get the point that this crap isn’t going to be taken lightly. Call it what you want, there seem to be an awful lot of either slow learners or swimmers who think they won’t get caught.

Reply to  SwimCoachDad
4 years ago

They violated their probation with more violations. So whats the downside here? They were on probation, got caught again, and get put on another/extended probation? What a joke. Those responsible should be escorted out of the locker room with their stuff…for good. Ba bye.

Reply to  Lane9
4 years ago

They were not on probation at the time of this.. They had just come off. Do the math over 3/4 of the team we’re not even in college for the previous infraction.That said,most the boys hold the girls in the highest regard, they train together eat and travel together and in some instances live together.. Get over it, Not everyone in the real world is perfect. Was Derek Jeter supposed to rat out his teammates for breaking a rule? In this case everyone is paying the price which is just unfair..They are being made scapegoats. You have seen and heard more Lewd comments watching the Family Guy on fox TV, then, were in the single PRIVATE email, that was decades… Read more »

Reply to  WAM
4 years ago

BS. They are supposed to be responsible “adults” in college and the drinking age is 21. Nationally.PERIOD. If busted they need to get booted to set the example for others. NO MORE EXCUSES

4 years ago

They were already on suspension. Personally I think they should have been placed under Double Secret Probation.

4 years ago

This is nothing. Now if they had stained the entire locker room with hair dye then I think a few SR72s would have been in order.

College Swim Mom
4 years ago

Clearly probation does not work for this group. Sounds like a team culture problem, maybe time to clean house? It’s a great school, with athletic money so they should be able to attract some kids that could improve that culture.

Reply to  College Swim Mom
4 years ago

I think it’s funny when coaches get blamed for kid’s behavior in college. Looking back at my college experience, I don’t know how any coach could have stopped kids from getting rowdy in their off time. Lots of kids were protected by parents their whole life and don’t know how to act when they have so much freedom to do whatever the hell they want in college.

I’m not saying coaches are off the hook. They definitely need to do work to create a positive culture, but for all we know the Bucknell coaches could have been doing that and the kids don’t listen. I’m sure the AD is all over the coaches at this point.

CR 1988
4 years ago

How about we face the facts. Young adults drink in college. (Lowering the drinking age back to 18 is a good start.) Everyone isn’t perfect 24/7. Stop being PC and trying to control everyone all the time. This is ridiculous.

Reply to  CR 1988
4 years ago

I agree with your point, but this seems to have gone beyond just drinking. It is kind of a known thing among college athletes to keep things off the internet, and the fact that there was some huge inappropriate string of emails going on is a bigger problem than the drinking.

Karen W
Reply to  Sccoach
4 years ago

As a college freshman swimmer at Bucknell, I have to agree with CR. Swimmers were drinking AS WAS EVERYONE ELSE ON CAMPUS. The drinking age had just been increased from 18 to 21 – stupid decision. Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me used to be the rule. Now “lewd” remarks are enough to get a team put on probation? Sheesh, talk about a bunch of babies.

4 years ago

So edgy…

4 years ago

The real loser here is Peking Garden, who will now not hit their December sales numbers.

4 years ago

I am sorry this seems like a pretty harsh punishment for a whole team for just for having alcohol at an off campus private residence out of season. No property was damaged, no disturbing the peace, no complaints from the neighbors or any of the attendees. This was a group of kids some of legal drinking age, (some not) getting together for the first time on their first night back at college. You can not tell me that the same thing is not going on with the MAJORITY of other college student clubs/teams/ fraternities/ sororities or friend groups, returning to school after not having seen each other over the summer.. As far as the private lewd email that was allegedly… Read more »

Reply to  Dadof3D1swmrs
4 years ago

Lewd emails of consenting adults is not ok. Lewd emails about underage female swimmers should get the boys thrown off the team and out of school. Are any of your swimmers your daughters?

Karen W
Reply to  Pam
4 years ago

I don’t think that any of the swimmers at Bucknell were underage. It is rare to have a 17 year old freshman (not unheard of, of course)

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  Dadof3D1swmrs
4 years ago

Since they were already on probation and broke the rules again, it’s not that harsh. Maybe if it were the first strike. I’m not saying I think the drinking is really that bad, (it does happen everywhere) but the team knew they had to be more careful about their behavior given their situation and they chose to ignore that.

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