View Full Version : Flash! Western Illinois Cuts Swimming -- June 5, 2009

Paul Smith
June 5th, 2009, 05:13 PM
And another one bites the dust....

"MACOMB, Illinois, June 5. WESTERN Illinois University Vice President for Student Services Dr. Garry Johnson and Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine announced at the Board of Trustees meeting Friday morning that the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will eliminate its men's and women's swimming and diving programs in an effort to reduce annual operating expenses.

"This was a difficult decision made after much analysis and evaluation across campus," said Van Alstine. "We are committed to maintaining a successful broad-based, gender-neutral athletics program, and this move will economically allow us to continue that commitment. As a department we have been working through a very difficult budget situation for some time now, and unfortunately we have been forced to make some hard sacrifices."


June 5th, 2009, 05:28 PM
What great timing too...wait until everyone was off campus basically and then announce the cuts.

I always hate reading news like this :cry:

Redbird Alum
June 8th, 2009, 10:46 AM
23 athletes, with about six womens' and 3.5 mens' scholarships parcelled out among them. The scholarships will stay with the students until they cease enrollment, and then the scholarships will be moved to other programs (read football, basketball, etc.).

The "savings" will come from elimination of the current assistant coaches (no head coach) and travel and administration costs. This doesn't amount to much in my opinion, since the swimming facility remains, and will likley continue to be used for genaral university programs and open swims.

Very sad, but a continuing plight for Illinois state universities.

June 8th, 2009, 10:26 PM
Bummer, knew a few kids who swam there in the past.