Eastern Michigan Cut The Men's Swimming Program, Here's What Students Have To Say About It

Eastern Michigan Cut The Men's Swimming Program, Here's What Students Have To Say About It

The most decorated athletic team on campus gets dropped due to budget cuts
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The men’s swim team at Eastern Michigan University woke up to some devastating news Tuesday morning. Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 it was announced that the university would be cutting the men’s swimming and diving program due to budget cuts.

The university is also cutting the wrestling, softball, and women’s tennis teams, reducing the number of varsity sports from 21 to 17. This decision will affect 58 male students and 25 female students while saving the university about $2.4 million.

The men’s swim team is the most decorated team on campus with 34 MAC titles since the program started, winning conference 3 out of the last 4 years. Students are devastated and have turned to social media as an attempt to save the program. They want their voices to be heard.


The men and women's teams have come together to attempt to raise money to save the program and are using the hashtag #SaveEMUSwimandDive to get it going viral.

Many students blame the football program. The budget cuts were made shortly after the announcement of a new $35 million practice facility that is being built for the football and soccer teams.

Memes have also been created about the issue to draw in more attention via social media.

Perhaps the most important voices that need to be heard are those of the student-athletes this decision is affecting. Years of hard work are being torn from these athletes without any say. Many students will likely have to transfer to continue their athletic career.

As a swimmer myself who even looked into swimming at Eastern Michigan, I cannot help but feel passionate about the issue. Not only is this affecting the student-athletes at EMU, but the entire swimming and athletic community at Eastern. How is it justified to punish the most decorated athletic program on campus after years of success? How is it justified to drastically alter their futures after a lifetime of hard work?

Swimming is already a sport that does not get the respect and recognition that it deserves. It may not be as entertaining to watch to the average person as football or basketball, but the sport is just as important to just as many people. It deserves the same respect as any other sport.

The football team does not deserve any special treatment just because they tackle each other and throw balls.

This is not the first men's swim team to be cut recently. University of Buffalo, Wright State, and University of North Dakota have all announced the cutting of swimming programs in recent seasons.

We need swimmers. The world needs swimming. The sport needs to continue to grow, not to shrink. We cannot continue to have events like this happen.

Let's stop treating average football players as if they are royalty, and let's start rewarding those who actually deserve it.

If you are interested in helping to save the men's swimming program at EMU, please take a few seconds and sign the petition here or consider donating.

Cover Image Credit: Alyssa Shugarman

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1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

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8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

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Don't Be That Ole Miss Fan Who Leaves When Our Teams Need Our Support The Most

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team.

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After the beating we took last week from #1 Alabama, we all wanted to steer off the stadium until the next weekend. However, losing to the number one team in the nation shouldn't be depressing; they are number one for a reason.

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team. Yes, the game was exciting for a solid 11 seconds, but that doesn't mean that we should abort ship so soon.

I even caught myself wishing they would run the clock around the 3rd quarter, feeling as if this game was never going to end. And it wasn't until the very end of the game that I realized what we had been missing.

We had been missing support for our team. But not just football this weekend but every sport we have. If it isn't one of the big three, do you even care? I know that I didn't and sometimes still don't. Does anyone go to the women's rifle events? Do you know when the softball team plays? Do you even know if we have a hockey team?

Being an Ole Miss fan doesn't mean that we love either football, basketball, or baseball. Being an Ole Miss fan means that we love all three, and every other sport our students participate in.

I've heard from some members of the band that they were so impressed with the Vanderbilt student section, not because they were the rowdiest or best, but because after the football game, they all stayed, stood, and sang to their Alma Mater.

Do any of us even know our Alma Mater? I've met seniors who didn't even know we had one! Yes, its plastered on all the cups this year. Yes, its posted around campus. But do you know it, by heart? If you heard the tune, could you even identify it, much less sing along to it? Do you even know the words?

I'll be the first to tell you that I don't. I have approximately 20 or so cups that have it printed on there, yet I do not know the Ole Miss Alma Mater.

So, when we were getting ready to leave the game, it warmed and saddened my heart when our song played. It warmed my heart to see the remaining student section come together to sing and sway to our Alma Mater, but it saddened me to see how little of people there were to participate, especially since the stadium was packed mere hours earlier.

And if that isn't bad enough, our student section was a quarter empty after the 1st quarter. Imagine being a football player, looking out into the crowd to see your supporters and a quarter of them are gone before the beginning of the 2nd quarter. And every time you look back as the game progresses, more and more are gone until a small portion is left over, cheering you on.

Now, imagine that you are any other athlete in a non-recognized sport. Imagine all the hours you put into training, all the things that you have to miss out on, just for no one to be there supporting you. How disappointed would you feel?

We are an SEC school! We are a big deal! We are in the best conference in the world, competing against some of the best athletes across the country, and as a student and fan of this school, we should show our support not only to the big three but to all of them!

I dare you to branch out and go watch another sport! Stay for the full game, even if it takes all day. Try a new sport, it could be your favorite! Do it for the free t-shirts, do it for the concessions, do it for the free or cheap admissions fee. I don't care why you do it, but be like Nike and "just do it!" That is how we can be better! That is how we can be a better Ole Miss fan!

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