Obviously we don’t talk a lot of swimming here, but this is just a reminder of the sobering financial times we’re in. And even for those who care nothing about swimming, there’s no way to read this as good news.
Here’s the release from the university:
As part of a series of budget reduction measures, the University of Washington has made the difficult decision to discontinue its men’s and women’s swimming programs effective immediately, Director of Athletics Scott Woodward announced today.
The decision reduces the number of intercollegiate sports sponsored at the UW to 21, which ranks among the top half among schools in the Pacific-10 Conference. It is expected to have a budget impact of up to $1.2 million, which would account for roughly 43 percent of the $2.8 million in expense reductions the department is currently facing.
The complete release is available at www.GoHuskies.com.