NCAA Division II member Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois has cut its women’s swimming program, effective May 1st.
“The decision to make a cut among our athletic offerings is made only after extensive consideration and discussion,” said QU vice president for intercollegiate athletics Marty Bell. “With the current financial constraints of the institution, we felt that it was in the best interest of the athletic department and Quincy University as a whole to move forward in this manner.
“We will work on behalf of our student-athletes who are impacted with the necessary support they need to continue in their academic and athletic careers.”
In October, Quincy, a private four-year liberal arts and master’s institution, announced that the school’s financial picture was worse than originally expected, and that the university as a whole was facing a $5 million budget shortfall. The university president resigned in March, and while the school was boosted shortly thereafter by a $1.3 million donation from Dot Foods, that wasn’t enough to stave off deep cuts.
Quincy’s swimming program only competed at the varsity level for two years, and head coach Rachel Schlatter recently left the program to take over as the associate head coach at Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics.
Quincy says they only had 2 student-athletes scheduled to return next season, and said that they will release any student-athletes wishing to transfer, or honor their existing scholarships.
The team, with only 9 swimmers, finished 6th out of 10 teams at last year’s GLVC Championships behind champions Drury.
Should they choose to transfer, among the most coveted prospects will be freshman Ebony McCray, who last year swam 23.76 and 51.82 in the 50 and 100 free and 56.49 in the 100 fly last season.