On Monday, NCAA Division III program Sweet Briar College, located in Sweet Briar, Virginia, announced that it will close at the end of the 2015 summer session. That means that the college’s women’s swimming program will also be shut-down.
Sweet Briar, ranked as #245 on Forbes’ Best Colleges list in 2014, is an all-female institution with just over 700 students. Despite a $94 million endowment, which is significant for such a small school, officials say that the economic trends aren’t favorable to continue, and that they’re shutting down while they can still do so in an “orderly” fashion.
The team’s athletic teams are known as “the Vixens,” and competed in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Two weeks ago, the team placed 4th at the 2015 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships out of 9 women’s teams. The school was also recently recognized by the CSCAA as a Fall Team Scholar All-America award winner, amassing a 3.06 GPA.
The team has 20 members on its current roster, and is coached by Donna Hodgert, who is a Sweet Briar alum.