William & Mary Swimmer Missy Cundiff Drops “Save Tribe Swimming” Track

The William & Mary swimming & diving team are taking an all-fronts approach in their effort to save their program after the school announced that it would discontinue the sport earlier this month.

Just 4 days after launching their website and pledge drive, the school has already received $850,507 in pledges from 484 donors.

That already makes them one of the most successful fundraising efforts among cut programs this offseason; so far, none of those efforts have successfully saved a team.

As part of their continued efforts to bring publicity to their efforts, one rising junior on the William & Mary swim team, Missy Cundiff, has produced a music video about the program and its cutting.

The video, which has shades of a ‘diss track,’ doesn’t just talk about the successes of the team. It actually distills the alumni fundraising group’s argument into a rhyming highlight of the case being made to save the program. Cundiff, under the name “Lil’ Mizzy,” directly addresses the school’s athletics director Samantha Huge.

 

Huge has been the target of criticism for alumni over the amount of money being invested into the school’s football and basketball programs, at the expense of swimming & diving and other programs.

One alumni, not directly affiliated with the fundraising group, told SwimSwam this week that he believes that the school’s culture doesn’t align with Huge’s aspirations, and that her goals might be more aligned with advancing her career than advancing the school’s athletics program holistically.

SwimSwam has made several FOIA requests from William & Mary for more financial information about the program and its endowment. The school has acknowledged the request but has not yet provided any of that information.

 

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swimmer
11 days ago

Awesome video. I really hope the program is saved!

Michael
11 days ago

Can someone link to a primer on the financials on running a college program. It would seem as though coaches and pool maintenance would be relatively small expenses. Are scholarships the real issue?

fundoursport
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 days ago

Out-of-state tuition at W&M is about $46,000… so essentially the tuition of 4 students alone could fund the program each year. With over 8,500 students it baffles me that W&M athletics isn’t able to allocate these funds. This is a shame.

monsterbasher
Reply to  Braden Keith
11 days ago

This is Samantha Huge just trying to divert funds to the school’s football and basketball program. Just to put an exclamation how bad our football program is right now, two years ago we lost to JMU by 52-0. This is an obvious move to just buff up her resume and move to a bigger school as an AD.

Last edited 11 days ago by monsterbasher
Kim Savage
Reply to  monsterbasher
11 days ago

GOOD! Get her out…Fire Huge!! The student athletes hate her, the Coaches hate her and alumni aren’t impressed! The Prez and AD both need to go and let the TRIBE fly!

Corn Pop
Reply to  Kim Savage
11 days ago

W & M will survive without an amateur swim program because enough ppl will want the tradition & prestige it offers.

theworm
Reply to  Corn Pop
7 days ago

The tradition & prestige will be gone in 2 decades if a small liberal arts school like William & Mary makes an attempt to become a football/basketball powerhouse. A switch like this in athletics will destroy the strong academics at the College… even if the switch does not succeed.

If you get rid of underdog Olympic sports at a school, athletes coming in are no longer coming to college to “play school” anymore. Say goodbye to a high GPA athletic department!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Kim Savage
11 days ago

Yeah, but the Board of Visitors loves her and the president — they hired them, and you can bet they approved the forced retirement of the long-time football coach and the basketball coach. You don’t think the BOV brought those two in as change agents? Think again. If you have a gripe, take it up with the BOV. They’re the puppet masters.

Brian
Reply to  monsterbasher
11 days ago

This athletics director has to go! She is stealing endowments to fund basketball renovations. I hope the swimmers are able to contact the student government about the student fees that go to athletics. I hope they can contact large donors for the basketball project and voice their concerns. If they are going to be successful, they are going to need to get rid of Samantha Huge as AD. They need work around her.

FREEBEE
11 days ago

Incredible! Fight on Tribe Swim

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