University of Maryland President, Wallace Loh, accepted recommendation to cut eight teams, including men’s and women’s swimming and diving, from the President’s Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, effective July 1, 2012. However, the administration is giving affected teams until June 30, 2012 to raise funding to save their programs.
University of Maryland swimming and diving hosts the Terp Cup Invitational in College Park, Maryland at the Eppley Recreation Center, located on north campus. George Mason University hosts the Patriot Cup Invitational at the Jim McKay Natatorium located in the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
The commission charged with tackling the multimillion dollar deficit in University of Maryland athletics has recommended that the school drop eight of its 27 varsity teams to remedy the shortfall, according to a report released by the university Monday evening.
On the eve of the early signing period for NCAA National Letters of Intent, three area high school swimmers -- verbally committed to swim for the University of Maryland next year -- were contacted by the school’s athletic department and told that Maryland would not be sending out letters to swimming recruits, and they should pursue offers from other institutions.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are bracing for Maryland to drop their programs as part of a cost-cutting move following a meeting with Athletic Director Kevin Anderson, according to two people with knowledge of the meeting.