Swimming & diving placed on competitive hiatus for 2012-13

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May 8, 2012

In conjunction with the impending $10 million critical maintenance renovation of University Pool, Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore has announced that the men’s & women’s swimming and diving programs will be placed on competitive hiatus for the 2012-13 academic year.

The decision comes after the Stony Brook Department of Athletics carefully considered the welfare of its student-athletes with regard to the status of University Pool and the consequences of attempting to practice and compete away from campus for the 2012-13 academic year. This coming fall, University Pool is scheduled to go undergo a vital 12-16 month renovation that will correct numerous structural, mechanical and cosmetic issues that have plagued the facility’s functionality in the past. The renovation, coupled with the lack of a viable off-campus practice and competition facility that cohesively works with the student-athletes’ class schedules, leaves the swimming & diving programs at a severe academic and athletic disadvantage.

“The welfare of our student-athletes is at the core of all our decision making,” Fiore said. “After careful consideration with Coach Alexander, it became evident that a one-year competitive hiatus was in the best interest of our swimming & diving programs both academically and athletically. We will continue to support each impacted student-athlete to ensure a positive and meaningful educational experience.”

All swimming & diving scholarships will be honored during this period, and all student-athletes will be provided the opportunity to fulfill their team requirements with regard to dry land practices, student-athlete development, athletic training and strength & conditioning. Regular competition is expected to resume upon completion of the pool renovations.

“Given the circumstances we are facing, I know that this decision is in the best interest for Seawolves swimming & diving,” head coach Dave Alexander said. “We will get through this short-term adversity and be better off in the long term.”