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Kevin Mann Syracuse Grad I see Daryl Gross' AD thinking as shortsighted. Syracuse University and its surrounding areas need to adopt a "Field of Dreams" attitude. Once you get those competitors, you will create more interest, more high level meets would come to the area; bringing more prestige to the University and awareness to the community about swimming. The University and surrounding community is in desperate need of a decent swimming facility. Rochester has one in Webster, and the Buffalo area has University of Buffalo, Erie Community College with 50 meter stretch facilities where they host National, Regional and State level meets.
Not too bad to travel for meets, but you can't practice there from Syracuse. It seems that Daryl Gross does not want to invest the money in the facility that would bring that level of swimmer to the school.
The colleges and universities getting these swimmers have the facilities. He seems to realize that where football and basketball are concerned. I realize the spectators of those sports bring in big money to the college and that in turn brings in the students and so forth.
However, take a look at the average grade point of swimmers. Swimmers tend to be very good students. When those numbers come out yearly as to what athletic teams are graduating their athletes and at what grade points, you can bet that swimmers will be at or near the top. With the upcoming Olympics, swimming will again be a forefront topic. Daryl Gross is missing a peak time to raise awareness for the needs of a championship facility.
My brothers swam in that pool for the Syracuse Chargers when Jon Buzzard was there 30 years ago.
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New pool or not they and their team mates were able to swim at a national level. I agree with Guy Edson when he said that swimming is a way of life. I can say without hesitation that being a swimmer requires more dedication than almost any other sport. It is a life skill. You take that work ehtic into your life after the competitions are over. Isn't that something we expect from our educational institutions? By the way, how many people in their 70's do you see playing football and basketball?
Now ask that question of swimming. I just finished up my sophomore season and will be a junior in the fall, meaning I will just come short of finishing out my four-year college swimming career. I have been discussing with my coaches a plan for next year, and we plan to do everything in our power to have the best season of all of our careers next year and we plan to do everything we can to appeal the Athletic Department's decision.
It is definitely helpful to see articles popping up on the Internet in support of our team; I never knew so many people cared about our tightly-knit team that consisted of just nine female members and a small men's team last season. I am a very concerned team member and I can speak for all of us when I say we plan on banding together for our last season and going out with a bang. Any support we can get is awesome and we really appreciate it. And thank you for informing the swimming world of our story!!!
Dani Stein It is another sad day for collegiate swimming. Having watched my alma mater, St. John's, cancel swimming a few years ago, I can understand the loss to the Syracuse alums and Lou Walker whom I swam against. Somewhat understandly, money is an issue.
The NCAA already regulates colleges and student-athletes from their recruitment through graduation in many ways including monetarily. How about establishing spending caps in sports like football and basketball so that schools can fund their other programs? This isn't even another case of Title IX backfiring, this is just the result of an Athletic Director who wants to brag about his programs, even if they are not in mainstream sports. To drop a program rich in tradition because a women's hockey team would rank higher nationally because not many colleges have teams seems so childish I shouldn't have to comment on it.
Why not drop Syracuse football and basketball for curling or bocce? For that matter, why doesn't the school drop it's math and science programs in favor of majors in whittling and mime?
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Certainly Syracuse's academic departments would be ranked higher in those disciplines. This is a "Gross" injustice. The news of this cut strikes me as extremely premature especially given the current status of the team.
This news comes following a year in which the men's team had four dual meet victories and only one loss. At the Big East Championships this year, the men's team had only one senior and no juniors score points. All other individual points came from freshman and sophmores. We are a very young team with another strong class coming in. We had a good year and will be even better next year and in the years to come. As far as a new pool goes, sure one would be nice, but we're doing pretty well with what we have.
Splitting up this team will be like splitting up a family, and all of this with not so much as a warning that such a huge decision was being made? How can so many years of tradition be cut out seemingly on a whim?
We all know that Syracuse sports have been down under Gross worst football record, lacrosse team misses playoffs for first time in 25 years, basketball misses the tournamentbut will cutting swimming for a sport that has little interest fix all that?
I hope that something can be done to save this program as I know that it means so much to all of us on it and those who have come through it. Ryan Corcoran I would just like to start out by saying that the support my teammates and I have found from people within and outside of the swimming community has been staggering the past 48 hours.
I believe that the amount of people affected by this decision was definitely overlooked by my school's Athletic Department. As I told the Athletic Director Dr. Daryl Gross in my e-mail to him, "You are not just cutting out one team of 30 members, you are breaking this university off of a large community that fully supports their swimmers.
I created a 'Facebook' group supporting the cause last night and already people have joined to show their concern. That to me is enough reason to stick by my team. We have all banded together as a collegiate swimming program to fight this thing until the end. Whether this is our last year or not, it will be the most memorable and historic season in our own swimming careers. As fellow teammate, Dani Stein, and I have reiterated to our teammates, this battle can't be won by emotions, but by facts.
The facts are as stands: It will be difficult to ignore our voice. Though I would love to continue on about everything that has been going on, my main goal with this letter was to thank everyone for their current and ongoing support.
I just graduated from Syracuse University in May. I was a part of the team sophomore year through senior year. As a freshman, I attended St. John's University where I also swam. But, as many of you know, the swim team there got cut also. So this is all too familiar to me.
Coming from another country the team really became my family. We helped and encouraged each other through practices and through life in general. I am deeply thankful to all of my teammates. I think it will be a huge mistake if the Athletic Department, headed by Dr.
Gross, continue on with their plans of cutting the swim team. The team is young and will only become stronger in the future. I think it shows a lack of respect for them as people and as true competitors. They, as I did, have devoted their life to this sport we love.
I am also baffled that they didn't even notify the swimmers personally. They had to read about it or hear about it from other places just like I did. That's just another sign of mistrust. The team knows that we might not have been fighting for the top three places at the Big East Championships, but still, we fought for ourselves, our teammates, our families and our school.
Apparently that wasn't enough. I still believe in the programme and most of all in the swimmers. Gross stopped believing a long time ago.
Take West Virginia as an example. They did not place high in the Big East either a few years ago, in fact, Syracuse beat them in dual meets a couple of years ago. Then they made some changes to their programme and now they are highly competitive again. Gross tried to help the team instead turning his back on the swimmers, he would be surprised to see what they are capable of.
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When I transferred to Syracuse my sophomore year I was sure what happened at St. John's just would not happen again.
Syracuse, a school and a swim team with long traditions and hard working swimmers and dedicated families and friends supporting them. I thought we were safe. But oh how wrong could I be. I'm proud to say I have been a part of the team. We're gonna keep on fighting. A few of my teammates have already written in, and just like them hearing about the news from a local newspaper came as a complete shock. I have never felt so betrayed and angered in my life.
The way that our Athletic Department chose to handle this situation was classless and unprofessional. As there is no good time to do something like this, there are better times and during the summer is not one of them. Not only do we all have to deal with this alone since we are spread across the country and elsewhere, our hands are tied to take any action toward our swimming careers for the next year.
After the statement that was released yesterday, the only people I trust now are my coaches and my teammates, who I will give all my support to.
The point is there is no legitimate reason to cut our program and the members of the team and supporters are trying to do everything we can to either reverse this decision or at least make the Athletic Department realize they made the wrong one, and not to let any other student-athletes go through this in the future. I have never been a part of a team I have been more proud of and we are going to band together to make our last year ever as a sport at Syracuse University the best it can possibly be.
Thank you for getting our voice out and helping us to be heard. Northwestern is comparable to Syracuse in size and type of school. The men's program came in sixth at NCAAs this year with a small team. Northwestern has made the kind of commitment necessary to compete at the highest D1 level. I suspect Syracuse could so if it wanted to.
The process is certainly not a short term undertaking. I understand, but am disappointed by, the desire to take the short-cut to having another competitive D1 sports team.
A lot of the blame seems to be laid at the feet of the Syracuse athletic director, and I suppose certainly much of it should be.Drop the Mic w/ Kevin Hart
Northwestern's success in swimming has its roots probably 20 years ago with the construction of the Sports and Aquatics Center and the hiring of Bob Groseth to head the men's program. That long-term commitment has paid off with top NCAA finishes for the men's team the last three years.
Northwestern's women's program is definitely on the upswing as well, sending five swimmers to the NCAA championships this year. This recap of Northwestern's success is not to crow about it but to show that a small, academically-elite school can be successful at the upper reaches of NCAA swimming. That sort of commitment doesn't come just from the AD hiring a couple good coaches and walking away. After about 25 years away from swimming and having never swum at the collegiate level I took it up again at 50 as a form of exercise I could do for the rest of my life.
My son plays hockey as do many of his cousins. Their hockey careers have already ended or will, in all likelihood, end when they graduate from high school. My brothers-in-law all played hockey at either the club or D1 levels in college. Only one still plays and coaches. Hockey is hardly a lifetime sport for most people. From a practical standpoint it seems to me that swimming provides greater lifetime opportunities for its participants, whether it's personal fitness, coaching or continued participation at a high level note Dara Torres' and Amanda Beard's recent forays back into swimming at the international level with the aim of making the Olympic team.
It's a shame that Syracuse has decided to end its swimming programs. Hockey is fun to watch, but personally, if I had to choose I would be in the water instead of in the stands. Skip Montanaro Evanston, IL. It has been a very difficult 48 hours for those of us that are part of the Syracuse Swimming Community. I cannot begin to express the gratitude I feel for the concern and support that all have shown for my son, Peter, the swimmers on the team and the Walkers.
I am proud to have been part of this exceptional sport of character and integrity these past 13 years as Peter developed into the extraordinary scholar athlete he is today. I implore anyone out there that can provide us with strategies for procuring financial support to fund the existing program until at least the signed freshman graduate, to please contact Swimming World Magazine with their suggestions. Also, please sign the petition. A large population of support will be difficult for the Athletics Department to ignore.
It is my hope that Swimming World Magazine will continue to place the petition and any updates at the head of their web page on an on-going basis. We plan on it. Heartfelt thanks to you. Gollands Although I am not a swimmer at Syracuse University, I am a student who enjoys watching the swim team compete throughout the year.
I am extremely disappointed in the athletic department, not only because they made this rash decision on a whim and left many student-athletes with no where else to turn, but for the disrespect they showed when it came to informing everyone.
To let the local newspaper be the first place anyone, including the swim team, saw anything regarding this issue is completly unprofessional and cowardice.
It seems that Dr. Gross has no real reasons that make any sense for why this decision was made, and I believe we can show him that. I feel for the entire swim community as a whole and I hope that we can all band together to try and reverse this decision. Matthew Perry, Junior at Syracuse University As the mother of a Syracuse Swimming Alum, Team Captain and triple Syracuse record holder, Lisa Wittich, grad and record holder inand freestyle I am shocked at the decision to close the swimming program in favor of woman's ice hockey.
Aside from the devastation this has caused for all the current swimmers and coaches, does this administration really think that women's ice hockey is a good idea? Will women's ice hockey be around 90 years from now, as swimming has been? My guess is NO! How many high schools have women's ice hockey programs compared to the number of schools that have men's and women's swimming programs? Who will be the athletes to feed into the program?
Levine is a Montrealer who had moved to Vancouver to pursue a career as an urban planner. Her father was the journalist Dyllon O'Leary who, in the s, briefly worked for this newspaper. Classically trained at McGill as a pianist, she took advanced degrees in art therapy and social work eventually settling in Vancouver, which is where she eventually became reacquainted with her old boyfriend.
After reuniting the couple moved east drawn by Mr. Levine's work as a partner in IBI Group, the architecture and urban planning firm responsible for the development of Liberty Village in the city's west end. Katz, meanwhile, took a job at Toronto Western Hospital as a social worker. The need, then, was a for a home in a central location, within easy access to both their places of work.
But to find it, they had just a week before packing their bags to make the move from Vancouver. Why they bought This house on Oriole Parkway was one of several seen in a constricted period of time.
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It instantly had a number of things going for it: Situated just south of Eglinton Avenue and on a major thoroughfare it satisfied Mr. Levine's desire to be within reach of both Richmond Street and the airport, as he travels often for business. Katz, the five-bedroom home was also roomy enough to accommodate the couple's respective children, in particular her daughters who decided to pursue post-secondary education in Toronto.
They have since moved out, which is why the couple is now selling. They feel the house is now too big for just the two of them. Sealing the deal was the presence of Mr. Levine's cousin, who spearheaded the creation of a central meridian on Oriole Parkway to control traffic flow and noise.
He lived in a house across the street.