Posted by Chris Megginson - Tue, Dec. 13, 2011 - [Swimming]
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- The Campbellsville University men's and women's swim teams are showing their support for the University of Maryland swim program by joining the "Save the Terps" effort.
UMD president Wallace Loh announced a decision Nov. 21 to cut eight sports from the Maryland athletic department, including the men's and women's swimming and diving programs. Since then, more than 200 teams nation-wide have joined the effort to show their support for the program.
According to SaveUMDSwimming.org, a campaign fundraising goal of $11.56 has been placed with a deadline of June 30, 2012 in order to help save both the men's and women's programs.
Campbellsville University swim coach Casey Smith first learned of the program's jeopardy in late November and wanted to help show her support.
"When I first heard about the chance of another swim program being cut, I really wanted to do something to help. Having a newer program myself I know how important it is to have support from other coaches, schools and athletes," said Smith. "I hope the best for the Terps. I hope our small contribution of support will be able to help raise awareness for them, and maybe even have a part in keeping their program alive. Hang in there Terps!"
Maryland swimming and diving carries a 57-year tradition, which includes eight Atlantic Coast Conference championships, two Olympic medalists and 10 current 2012 Olympic Trial qualifiers. Beyond the pool, the swim programs boast some of the highest GPA and graduation rates of Maryland athletics, according to the campaign website.
For information on contributing to the "Save the Terps" or "Save Maryland Swimming and Diving" campaign, click here.