Division I Wagner School in New York is including males’s swimming & diving to its athletic choices, an addition to the D-I panorama in a yr that has seen a number of applications lower.
Wagner School is a personal faculty in Staten Island, New York. Beforehand, Wagner had solely a girls’s swimming & diving program, which competes within the Northeast Convention. Wagner’s girls had been third on the NEC Championships final yr among the many convention’s 9 groups.
Wagner will now add males’s swimming & diving as of subsequent fall. Ladies’s head coach Colin Shannahan will take over as the lads’s head coach, recruiting a roster this yr and starting observe and competitors within the fall of 2021.
The NEC at present sponsors solely girls’s swimming & diving. However final week, the convention introduced it could be including males’s swimming & diving to its choices starting this season, 2020-2021. The convention at present has 5 males’s groups: Bryant, LIU, Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis Brooklyn and Howard. Wagner will be a part of because the sixth program subsequent season.
“Right this moment’s announcement is thrilling for Wagner School and the Northeast Convention, but in addition for the game of males’s swimming and diving,” said Shannahan in the school’s press release. “As a former males’s coach at URI, I skilled firsthand our program being discontinued and am proud that Wagner is taking a proactive method to disavow this nationwide pattern.”
Wagner’s announcement is available in a very robust offseason for school swimming & diving. Six Division I faculties have lower swimming & diving applications this yr: Iowa (girls & males), Boise State (girls), UConn (males), Dartmouth (girls & males), East Carolina (girls & males) and Western Illinois (girls & males), which is indefinitely suspended.