The intercollegiate women’s swim team at North Carolina A&T State University has come to an end, leaving just one HBCU in the entire United States—Howard University—with a Division I swimming and diving program.
In August 2013, A&T’s director of athletics, Earl M. Hilton III, announced the Greensboro, N.C., school would phase out its intercollegiate women’s swim team by this year. The changes reflected some of the goals of the school’s long-range strategic plan, “2020 A&T Preeminence,” which was introduced by Chancellor Harold Martin in 2011.
“Our swimming program has produced great athletes and outstanding citizens in our society. Many of our swimmers have been tremendously successful after graduating from North Carolina A&T. We must, however, move our department to where every athlete has the opportunity to compete for a conference and NCAA title,” Hilton said in a statement at the time. read more