Last month, North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro announced that it was ending its intercollegiate women’s swim team. The team is being phased out between now and 2015. According to Swimming World magazine, the North Carolina A&T University swim team is the only women’s team still in existence at a historically Black college or university.
Howard University in Washington, D.C. has a men’s swimming team. When the North Carolina A&T team is phased out, the Howard program will be the only intercollegiate swim team at a HBCU. Florida A&M University in Tallahassee had both a men’s and women’s swim team, but they were discontinued in 2011.
An online petition to save the swim program at North Carolina A&T has been established at Change.org. As of this writing, 1,628 people had signed the petition to save the team. The petition can be seen here.