SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers whether fundraising efforts will bring back any of the college swimming programs cut this year:
Question: Will fundraising bring save any of the college swimming programs cut this year?
- No – 81.7%
- Yes – 18.3%
A wide majority of voters suggested that fundraising efforts won’t save any of the college swimming & diving programs cut this year.
It’s been a particularly brutal offseason for swimming at the college level. At least 8 Division I schools have cut swimming programs this year amid the coronavirus pandemic:
- Iowa (women & men)
- Boise State (women)
- UConn (men)
- Dartmouth (women & men)
- East Carolina (women & men)
- Western Illionis (women & men) – indefinitely suspended
- William & Mary (women & men)
- La Salle (men)
Many of the cut programs have aggressive fundraising campaigns in the works. But most of the schools have also characterized their decisions as ‘final’, without the option of reversing the decision based on funds raised or endowments created.
Voters in our poll tended to trust schools on that fact. 81.7% said fundraising wouldn’t save any of the cut programs, though 18.3% were still optimistic that at least one program could be saved via fundraising efforts.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters if coronavirus cases will alter the outcome of this year’s International Swimming League season:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner