Katrina Sommer thought she found a community when she committed to the Boston College swim and dive program for her fifth year of eligibility. That is, until her swim career was effectively canceled in an eight-minute meeting with Athletics Director Blake James, she said.
Boston College filed court documents on Monday reaffirming the University’s earlier statements that hazing occurred within the men’s and women’s swim and dive program.
Weekly Roundup: Women’s Tennis Earns Program First, Rowing Opens Season, and Swim and Dive Earn Mixed Results in Back-to-Back Tri-Meets
Rowing opened its season at the Head of the Housatonic, Marice Aguiar and Laura Lopez advanced to the second round of the All-American Championships, and swim and dive competed in back-to-back tri-meets.
With COVID-19 forcing administrations to re-evaluate their athletics budgets, schools like Dartmouth are making the hard choice to cut non-revenue sports like its swimming and diving team. Amid the uncertainty, it is important to appreciate the hidden value non-revenue sports bring to both schools and their athletes.
When plans for BC’s new athletic facility did not include a 3-meter diving board, swim and dive coach Tom Groden grew concerned about what it meant for the future of his program.