AUSTIN, TX – September 28, 2009 – The American Swimming Association University League is kicking off the school-year with four new teams: NC State, Davidson College, Rutgers, and the University of Rhode Island. Rutgers and Rhode Island formed student-run swim clubs after their varsity programs were eliminated. ASA U. provides swimmers at those institutions with an alternative avenue to compete for their schools.
James Madison University, which also saw its men’s varsity program eliminated, competed in last year’s National Championships for the first time. Former varsity swimmer Ethan Sherman said of the experience: “The cut of the program really hurt me personally. I had devoted my entire high school life to swimming and loved it. I looked at other schools initially after discovering my team was to be cut at the end of my freshmen year.” After competing for JMU at ASA U. Nationals, Sherman remarked, “it ended up being the best meet of my life and the 200 free relay victory over University of Florida by .01 of a second is the new highlight of my swimming career,” He also noted that he has decided to keep swimming as a direct result of his participation in ASA U.
ASA U. was founded in 2003, in response to the elimination of varsity swimming teams across the United States. Some of its clubs are former varsity teams that have been cut from their Universities