The men and women’s swimming and diving teams may have only four months to raise $11.5 million before their teams are eliminated, but team members just found a valuable supporter in Annapolis.
Del. Neil Parrott (R-Washington) sent a letter to university President Wallace Loh today on behalf of the teams, which could be cut June 1 along with six others due to budget woes in the athletics department.
Parrott, a university alumnus who was involved in swimming while a student, said he wrote the letter on behalf of several team members who contacted him out of concern. Parrott requested Loh reduce the amount the team needs to fundraise to $9.2 million.
“While I would prefer that the aquatic programs continue to be funded by the University without a fundraising effort, this proposal will at least provide an honest cost for the aquatic teams should they be self-sustaining,” he wrote.
Parrott also sent the letter to University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, Athletics Director Kevin Anderson and university Vice President for Student Affairs Linda Clement.
View the full letter below.