FAIRBORN — They did it!
With a lot of help from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America and donations from across the country, the Wright State University swimming and diving team has been saved.
The Wright State University swimming and diving teams will compete during the 2017-‘18 season as the fundraising efforts by former swimmers and friends of the program proved to be successful.
With a final day’s donation total of at least $12,197, the group raised the necessary funds for a limited schedule during the coming year, including the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships in late February.
“We are happy to have the swimming and diving teams back for the 2017-‘18 season, and appreciate the efforts of the group and the dedicated alumni to make this happen,” said Bob Grant, Wright State director of athletics.
The university announced in May the elimination of the programs as a part of the budget remediation process.
However, the Board of Trustees voted on June 8 to allow interim President Curtis L. McCray and Grant to explore ways of allowing the swimming and diving teams to compete for one more season. From that, a group of former swimmers and supporters set out to raise the required $85,000.
The university and the swimming and diving supporters will continue conversations about how to fund the program beyond the upcoming season.
According to the cscaa.org website, $76,500 of the raised funds will be transferred to the university “for the express purpose of preserving the Swimming and Diving Programs. The additional 10 percent or $8,500 ‘contingency’ will be made available once the friends of WSU Swimming and Diving have established an independent external foundation to support the WSU Swimming and Diving program.”
A schedule for the 2017-18 season will be released soon.
Information provided by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (cscaa.org) and Wright State University.