This note comes from a former WNKM Women’s Swimmer that is now at Mankato. It appears that another Men’s college program is in jeopardy of being lost.
The members of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Men’s Swimming and Diving team need your help. It seems that every college program’s worst nightmare has come true for us; our athletic department and University have proposed to cut the Men’s swimming & diving program. Citing budget issues, the University plans to make the final decision later this month. We know that many people care about the sport of swimming and do not want to see teams continue to disappear at the collegiate level. Our team is seeking your support. Please take a few moments to review the information outlined below and learn what action you can take to help save our program.
You can show your support in a number of ways: 1) by joining our Facebook group, 2) by signing our Online Petition, 3) Donating to a PayPal account that was established with the help of our parents to save the team, or 4) by writing our university president and athletic director a letter supporting our program. Through these efforts, we hope to show that our men’s team is supported by hundreds of people who are associated with the sport of Swimming & Diving. As soon as possible, we plan to present this evidence to the university administration and student government asking them to reconsider.
After pouring years of hard work into the team, no one wants to see such a successful program disappear. Please pass this along to anyone you know who might be willing to support our efforts! Any help is necessary and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time,
The MSU Men’s Swimming & Diving Team
Team History and Accomplishments
With only $6,300 (0.5 scholarships) in scholarship and a modest operational budget, the men’s program has consistently ranked as one of the top 20Division II teams in the nation. Since 2004, MSU, Mankato has had over 30 swimmers on our men’s and women’s teams achieve more than 100 All-American honors. In 2008 our program sent former swimmer Marty Wahle to the US Olympic Trials, while former swimmer Ben Dowswell represented our program at the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trials. Our team’s accomplishments extend beyond the pool; we have consistently earned Academic All-American honors while maintaining a team GPA above 3.0. Our athletes have also been recognized for various individual academic achievements.
Over the past three years, our team has run a youth swimming lesson program in which hundreds of local children have participated. We’ve generated thousands of dollars in revenue that has been reinvested directly into our team’s budget and met the general fund-raising obligations. In addition, our men’s team has individually raised money for the athletic departments general scholarship fund while paying for their winter break training trip’s costs out-of-pocket. In addition to paying nearly full tuition, every athlete on our team pays an annual $150 participation fee (≈ $3000/yr) . As you can imagine, the true financial impact to the university after cutting our Men’s team will be a net loss of revenue.
Dr. Richard Davenport
Office of the President
Wigley Administration Building
Mankato, MN 56001
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Donation Blog Site http://savemavmensswimming.blogspot.com/
The Online Petition http://www.petitiononline.com/MSUswim/petition.html
Facebook group to spread the word and keep everyone updated http://www.facebook.com/#%21/group.php?gid=153472954668169
Article covering the proposal, found on the school’s athletic website http://www.msumavericks.com/news/2010/8/10/GEN_0810101056.aspx