It’s one of the most successful teams at Eastern Michigan, winners of 34 MAC Championships. But all that success could not save the Men’s Swimming Team from the budget ax. School officials announced Men’s Swimming is one of four teams that will be cut from EMU athletics. Softball, Wrestling, and Women’s Tennis are also being eliminated. This is expected to save the school $2.4 million.
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University President James Smith said he is saddened at having to make the cuts, but added the move was necessary to align the school with current trends in enrollment and state funding. Those student-athletes affected by the decision will have their scholarships honored. Smith said any athlete who wishes to transfer to another college to continue their athletic career will receive help from Eastern Michigan staff.
For their final season of competition, the Eagles placed second at the MAC Championships behind Missouri State. Eastern Michigan got first place finishes from Carter Swift (50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 Free), Tosh Kawaguchi (100 Back and 200 Back), Parker Saladin (200 Fly), Al’x Pierre (1-m and 3-m diving), the 400 Free Relay, and the 800 Free Relay. Swift was also named the MAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year, and Pierre got both the MAC Freshman Diver of the Year and overall Diver of the Year.
While the Eastern Michigan Men’s Team is no more, the Women’s team will keep swimming.