Sources: Michigan State To Eliminate Women’s & Men’s Swimming & Diving Programs

Michigan State will eliminate its women’s and men’s swimming & diving programs, sources say. MSU would be the latest in a long line of college cuts this year.

Update: Michigan State has confirmed the news in a press release. The school will discontinue women’s and men’s swimming & diving after the 2020-2021 season.

MSU cited a financial crisis, with the school’s best-case scenario projecting a revenue shortfall of more than $30 million this season. The press release emphasized that the cut won’t save money during the pandemic this year, but will help balance the budget in future years.

The Michigan State Spartans were 12th among 14 women’s programs and 10th among 10 men’s programs at last year’s Big Ten Championships. Neither program has had an individual All-American since 2002, when Carly Weiden earned that honor and won a Big Ten title in diving.

But while the program hasn’t been a top contender recently, it’s also a fairly historic NCAA program – the Spartans are one of just 24 schools to ever win an NCAA men’s relay title. MSU also hosted two NCAA Championship meets: one in 1967 at the McCaffree Pool and another in 1941 at the old Jenison Pool.

Michigan State NCAA relay champions:

  • 1946 – men’s 400 free relay
  • 1948 – men’s 400 free relay
  • 1951 – men’s 400 free relay
  • 1957 – men’s 400 medley relay
  • 1962 – men’s 400 free relay

Michigan State NCAA individual champions, per the team’s archives:

  • Clarke Scholes
    • 1950 – 100 free
    • 1951 – 50 free, 100 free
    • 1952 – 100 free
  • Donald Patterson
    • 1958 – 100 free
  • Ken Walsh
    • 1967 – 100 free
  • William Steuart
    • 1958 – 440 free, 1500 free
    • 1959 – 440 free, 1500 free
  • George Hoogerhyde
    • 1947 – 1500 free
  • Gary Dilley
    • 1965 – 100 back, 200 back
    • 1966 – 100 back, 200 back
  • Frank Modine
    • 1958 – 100 breast, 200 breast
  • Linda Gustavson
    • 1970 – 50 free
  • Marilyn Corson
    • 1970 – 200 IM
    • 1972 – 200 IM
  • Jane Manchester
    • 1973 – 3m diving
    • 1974 – 1m diving, 3m diving
  • Julie Farrell
    • 1990 – 1m diving
    • 1991 – 3m diving

Michigan State is now the 5th school among the 24 schools to ever win a men’s relay title that has since cut their men’s swimming & diving program. Iowa, which won a 1936 relay title, will eliminate their program at the end of this season. UCLA, Texas – Arlington, and Rutgers no longer have men’s programs.

The cuts to Iowa and Michigan State drop the Big Ten to just 8 men’s programs and 12 women’s programs.

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The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

To be fair, Michigan State’s entire athletic department should be shut down for enabling Larry Nasser.

WestMiSwimming
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

Yes, because all the coaches and student athletes were involved in that.

Think before you comment gross things like this. Embarrassing

Guerra
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago

Maybe the students and alumni need to rise up on this situation. Maybe I’m wrong, but MSU alums were very silent on the Nassar issues and the coverup by the administrators.

WestMiSwimming
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago
Steve Nolan
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago

No, shutting down the whole SCHOOL would be the right thing to do.

Same with Penn State. There has to be real, actual consequences for schools trying to cover their own asses and not do what’s in the best interests of real people. Because right now, the incentive for schools is to just hide / hide / hide and deny / deny / deny. Worst case, they get hit with some fines if things come out. Gotta turn that worst case into razing the entire campus and change that cost / benefit analysis.

(We really need to punish more institutions and find restitution for individual people.)

WestMiSwimming
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

You should do some research into Richard Strauss (OSU) and Robert Anderson (Michigan). The crimes committed were mostly against adult men, so it unfortunately doesn’t garner much attention from the media. But these were serial molesters who were protected for decades by the administration

Should these schools also be shut down completely? The answer is obviously no.

DeepSouth
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago

Add USC to that list.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

If we take that stance then we could quiet possibly be without schools soon. How about clean up the place and move on?

Hank Monroe
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Agree, drain the swamp. The school and facilities are fine, just need to clean it up.

Hunter Wants His Laptop Back
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

@Steve Nolan: you’re 1 and 1 today: smart take on the Missy Franklin thread, stupid take on this thread!

SwimFani
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Shutting down the whole state works for me….give it to Canada.

The Importer AND Exporter
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago

Larry Nassar did work for the athletic department so some were, and they systematically covered it up. If you’ve chosen to play for, root for, or attend MSU without recognizing that you’re just part of the problem.

https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2018/12/21/larry-nassar-michigan-state-attorney-general-report-employees-knew/2386607002/

WestMiSwimming
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

https://www.detroitnews.com/in-depth/news/local/michigan/2020/10/21/how-university-michigan-failed-doctor-robert-anderson-alleged-sex-abuse/4894925002/

Should we apply this insane logic to Michigan also? Their pool is even named after the biggest enabler of this evil man.

This is just dumb. A vast majority of people in the athletic departments have nothing to do with these men. Punishing people that have no knowledge of crimes is not the way to go

The Importer AND Exporter
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago

Whataboutisms aside…

If the schools enabled it and covered it up they too should be seriously punished. Penn State, Baylor too. But the point ultimately is that without a real deterrent like the death penalty, there is no incentive for administrations to change, and while the current coaches and swimmers may feel like they are victims when punishment does come, their ability to ply their trade was also enabled by that cover up. You pay by association and unfortunately that’s life.

Real problem
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

USA gymnastics was the issue. Naser had little involvement with MSU.

Brol
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago
Speedy PG
Reply to  WestMiSwimming
1 month ago

Thank you!

Sjs
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

Wait, because the med school* enabled Nasser, the entire AD should be shut down? What?

Hunter Wants His Laptop Back
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

MSU produced some Olympic medalists: Clark Scholes gold in the 100 free in 1952, Gary Dilley 200 back in 1964, Ken Walsh in 1968. Sad to see ‘em go.

Mike
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

I disagree!!! That punishes the student athletes. Its not their fault.

SwimFan49
Reply to  The Importer AND Exporter
1 month ago

No offense, ladies and gents, but seems like you’ve strayed a bit off the topic with this thread.

WestMiSwimming
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 month ago

I stayed on the insane topic presented.

Sorry, but MSU is a great school and has great athletes. Had to defend them

B1Guy!
1 month ago

Daaaayum. Condolences to the team 😞 day. Iowa an Mich St. making a guy start thinking about switching allegiances. SEC is looking good 😒

DeepSouth
1 month ago

They had money, as I understand it to fix the outdoor pool and make it more or less domed, but all capital projects were frozen.

https://msuspartans.com/news/2020/10/22/general-michigan-state-announces-plans-to-discontinue-swimming-diving-after-2021.aspx

Last edited 1 month ago by DeepSouth
Kirk Nelson
Reply to  DeepSouth
1 month ago

The decision to fill in the outdoor 50 meter pool rather than investing in either repairing it or building a new pool was the death knell for the program as far as I’m concerned. At that point it was crystal clear that neither the athletic department or the IM sports department was interested in investing in improved aquatics facilities at MSU.

MSU swim alum
Reply to  Kirk Nelson
1 month ago

I agree. The bell had been tolling for varsity team, and covid finally gave the administration a “reason” to cut it unfortunately.

DeepSouth
Reply to  Kirk Nelson
1 month ago

100% Sad to watch. My nephew has two club buddies swimming there currently.

Dr. Doug Templeton
Reply to  Kirk Nelson
1 month ago

This has been coming for a while, and the COVID problem merely gave MSU cover to pull the plug (no pun intended). Sad to see though, I swam there my freshman year before transferring, and my niece swam for MSU 4 years (2003-7). The athletic department is basically concentrated on 3 sports (football, basketball, and hockey) and seems to regard all the others as distractions, money drainers, and annoyances.

Swimfan
Reply to  Kirk Nelson
1 month ago

When did they fill in the outdoor 50M pool? Has it already been done? The indoor pool is sooo old too.

Kirk Nelson
Reply to  Swimfan
1 month ago

I haven’t seen it personally, but a friend told me the outdoor pool has been filled with pea gravel. I guess that’s better than immediately paving it over for a new parking lot, but only marginally so.

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