Supporters of the Eastern Michigan University Men’s Swimming Team are coming together to try and save the program. They have gone the social media route by setting up both a Facebook Page and a GoFundMe campaign in order to keep 2017-2018 from being the squad’s last season.
Eastern Michigan officials announced that the Men’s Swim Team is one of four sports teams to be discontinued after the current school year in a budget cutting decision. Softball, Wrestling, and Women’s Tennis also got the ax. The Women’s Swimming team, however, will keep going. They are also trying to help their male counterparts. In fact, the GoFundMe page was created by Eastern Michigan swimmer Delaney Duncan, who placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA Women’s National Championships. In its first eight hours of existence, the page raised $2,200. The goal for the campaign is $90,000. Those wishing to donate can click on this link Your text to link… The Facebook page for the campaign is titled, “Save EMU Men’s Swim and Dive.”
Eastern Michigan Men’s Swimming has a rich and successful history. The team has 34 MAC titles, with its one coming in 1978. They were conference champions during the stretches between 1980-1996, 2000-2005, and 2007-2012. This season, the Eagles ended up conference runners up behind Missouri State.