Wagner College Adds Men’s Swimming & Diving For 2021-2022

Division I Wagner College in New York is adding men’s swimming & diving to its athletic offerings, an addition to the D-I landscape in a year that has seen multiple programs cut.

Wagner College is a private school in Staten Island, New York. Previously, Wagner had only a women’s swimming & diving program, which competes in the Northeast Conference. Wagner’s women were 3rd at the NEC Championships last year among the conference’s nine teams.

Wagner will now add men’s swimming & diving as of next fall. Women’s head coach Colin Shannahan will take over as the men’s head coach, recruiting a roster this year and beginning practice and competition in the fall of 2021.

The NEC currently sponsors only women’s swimming & diving. But last week, the conference announced it would be adding men’s swimming & diving to its offerings beginning this season, 2020-2021. The conference currently has five men’s teams: Bryant, LIU, Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis Brooklyn and Howard. Wagner will join as the sixth program next season.

“Today’s announcement is exciting for Wagner College and the Northeast Conference, but also for the sport of men’s swimming and diving,” said Shannahan in the school’s press release.  “As a former men’s coach at URI, I experienced firsthand our program being discontinued and am proud that Wagner is taking a proactive approach to disavow this national trend.”

Wagner’s announcement comes in a particularly tough offseason for college swimming & diving. Six Division I schools have cut swimming & diving programs this year: Iowa (women & men), Boise State (women), UConn (men), Dartmouth (women & men), East Carolina (women & men) and Western Illinois (women & men), which is indefinitely suspended.

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swimfan18
1 month ago

Love seeing the addition of a men’s team at the D1 level! Exciting day for the sport and kudos to the Northeast Conference for recognizing men’s swimming and diving as a new conference sponsored sport.

Good luck to the Seahawks and Coach Shannahan!

SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

Definitely wasn’t expecting this, but happy to see it. Truly makes sense if you have a women’s team, that you would have a men’s team too (looking at you Vanderbilt, Arkansas, UCLA, Marshall, and many more…)

Swim programs are almost always not expensive in the grand scheme of sports (especially when most don’t even fund the full 9.9 men’s scholarships).

Oldmanswimmer
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

And the Mid American conference which has been so desperate to hang on to it’s DI football status that it has sacrificed many men’s sports that it could actually succeed in. Very sad.

2Fat4Speed
1 month ago

Adds swimming?!?!?

(Checks again)

MENS SWIMMING?!?!?!?

Hooray!!!!

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