Division II Queens College in Queens, New York will no longer host a men’s swimming and diving program. The decision was confirmed to SwimSwam by interim director of athletics Rob Twible.
The Queens men ended the 2017-18 season with only three active participants and one underclassman, according to Twible. They lost seven of eight dual meets during the season, tying with York College for their sole non-loss of the year.
Alicia Lampasso-Dillon coached the men’s team for the last two seasons, and she has served as the Queens women’s head coach since 1988.
No Queens male swimmer finished higher than 39th in an individual event at the 2018 Metropolitan Conference Championships, and since there were only three men at the meet, Queens had zero relays compete. Twible states that Queens competes, for the most part, in the East Coast Conference, and only one other school from that conference offers men’s swimming. Twible says that ending the men’s program “will allow for Queens College to allocate our resources to better align ourselves with our conference in respective varsity intercollegiate athletic programs.”
Below, read the full statement from Rob Twible:
The decision has been made by the Queens College Department of Athletics—after careful and exhaustive research and consideration—to officially discontinue the men’s swimming program at the conclusion of the spring semester. We will officially release a statement from our department about this move at that time.
The school competes in the East Coast Conference for most of, if not all of, our athletic offerings. With only one other school from our conference offering men’s swimming, ending the program at this time will allow for Queens College to allocate our resources to better align ourselves with our conference in respective varsity intercollegiate athletic programs.
In addition, the men’s swimming team concluded the 2017-18 season with only three active participants on the squad with one underclassman for the future. The numbers simply do not allow us to be compliant which creates a lack of successful competition between us and other programs.