There’s no ‘viable path’ for bringing back swimming, diving programs

Listiyo Ridawer

Any hopes of Michigan State reinstating the women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams appear to be sunk.

Michigan State trustee Melanie Foster said at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting that there is “not a viable path” for reinstatement, despite cautious optimism among program advocates in recent months.

Foster cited the continued financial restraints, plus the lack of a competition swimming pool. Michigan State is building a $154 million recreation and wellness center, with the first phase set to open late in 2025 or early in 2026, that has options to include a 50-meter competition swimming pool, but a pool isn’t in the current plans for the first phase, university officials said Friday. Foster also said the university does not want to support an athletic program on the back of student fees, and student fees will be used to fund the new recreation center. Swim and dive supporters have maintained that a reinstated team could compete in the pool at IM West until a recreation center is completed with a pool, though a lack of program-designated locker rooms would then remain an issue.

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