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San Francisco State to Discontinue Swimming Program Following 2000-2001 Season

San Francisco, CA -- July 25, 2000 -- San Francisco State University announced today that it will discontinue the men's and women's intercollegiate swimming programs following the 2000-01 season.

The University's outdated swimming facility was cited as the primary factor behind the decision. The 25-yard, six-lane pool is considerably smaller than the 50-meter (55-yard), eight-lane pool that is recommended by the NCAA. In addition, the facility has faced on-going problems with maintenance, compounded by increased usage demands by the University's kinesiology, recreation and masters swimming programs.

"One of the primary goals in all of our intercollegiate programs at SFSU is to provide every student athlete with the safest and best competitive opportunity possible," said Athletic Director Michael Simpson. "In swimming in particular, the facilities are crucial to this experience. Given the on-going and intractable issues we've faced with our facility, we have made the very difficult decision to discontinue the swimming program."

During the final year of competition, and following the recent retirement of Head Coach Bruce Brown, Assistant Coach Chris Culp will coach the swimming teams. About 24 student athletes participate in SFSU's swimming program annually.

The San Francisco State men's swimming program began competing in 1930 and the women's team began competing in 1977. The Gators have produced 30 All-American swimmers over the years.

SFSU competes in the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference.

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