Michigan State diving alumnus and 1992 U.S. Olympian Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse spoke at this morning’s Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting about the school’s decision to cut its swimming & diving programs.
Farrell-Ovenhouse was a two-time NCAA champion for the Michigan State Spartans diving program. She graduated in 1991, winning the NCAA 1-meter title in 1990 and the 3-meter title in 1991. Her school records on both boards still remain on the books more than three decades later.
A year after graduating, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic team on the 3-meter board, taking 5th at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Michigan State school newspaper The State News reported that Farrell-Ovenhouse was set to address the Board of Trustees today. And one of the paper’s reporters confirmed on Twitter this morning that Farrell-Ovenhouse and swimming alumnus Andrea Bird Mahoney addressed the board.
The cuts came in a brutal year 2020 for college swimming. Michigan State and Iowa both eliminated their collegiate swimming & diving programs – cuts to the Power-5 Big Ten Conference after several years where program cuts were confined to mid-major conferences or Divisions II and III.