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Women’s swimmers amend Title IX complaint

Swimmers compete during the second session of the the 2020 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championship at the the HTRC on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
The amended complaint requests that women's rugby and wrestling programs be established at the University of Iowa.
October 19, 2020

After their initial Title IX complaint was filed on Sept. 25, Iowa swimmers' Sage Ohlensehlen, Christian Kaufman, Alexa Puccini, and Kelsey Drake filed an amended version of the same complaint Oct....

Save Iowa Sports group proposes moving four cut Hawkeye sports out of UI athletics department

Mark Kaufman speaks at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020. He is an alumni and was a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa.
The group has raised over $3 million in pledges in two weeks.
October 11, 2020

The Save Iowa Sports group is making an ongoing effort to reverse the University of Iowa's decision to cut four Hawkeye sports after the 2020-21 academic year. To do that, it is proposing a new sustainable...

Current, former Hawkeyes reflect on their experience in the men’s swimming program

Iowa swimmer Andrew Fierke competes in the 1,000 freestyle during a swim meet at the CRWC on January 11, 2020 between Iowa, Illinois, and Notre Dame. Fierke finished 2nd in his heat with a time of 9:25.79.
Junior Andrew Fierke started swimming for the Hawkeyes in 2018, and Iowa City West coach Byron Butler swam for Iowa from 2009-12.
October 4, 2020

Junior freestyle/breaststroke swimmer Andrew Fierke is a walk-on recruit with the Iowa swim team. A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, he is three hours away from home. Fierke said he had an interesting recruitment...

Local high school coaches reflect on losing UI’s swimming and diving program

Swimmers compete during the second session of the the 2020 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championship at the the HTRC on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.
After the 2020-21 season, there will be no Division I men’s swimming and diving programs in the state of Iowa.
September 28, 2020

The loss of the Iowa men’s swimming and diving program marks the end of all such Division I programs in the state. Iowa State discontinued its men’s program in 2001 due to budget constraints,...

Title IX complaint filed by Iowa women’s swim and dive student-athletes

Swimmers warm up before competition begins during the Thursday preliminary round of competition of the 2020 Women’s Women Big Ten Swim & Dive Championships on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Swimmers competed in the 500 Yard Freestyle, the 200 Yard Individual Medley, and the 50 Yard Freestyle.
Four female student-athletes are contesting the University of Iowa's decision to discontinue women's swim and dive at the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
September 25, 2020

Christina Kaufman, Sage Ohlensehlen, Alexa Puccini, and Kelsey Drake have filed a Title IX complaint regarding the University of Iowa's decision to discontinue its women's swimming and diving program...

UI Athletics Department projects $40-60 million deficit despite football’s return, four cut sports remain eliminated

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta (left) and UI President Bruce Harreld (right) speak during the Hawkeye Huddle at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
UI President Bruce Harreld and Athletic Director Gary Barta told the state Board of Regents on Wednesday that the decision to discontinue four Hawkeye sports programs at the end of the academic year remains final despite football returning this fall.
September 23, 2020

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta told the state Board of Regents in a meeting on Wednesday that the UI athletic department’s deficit is projected to be between $40-60 million, rather...

Student-athletes comment on program cuts, history of sports at Iowa

In this triptych, Women’s Swimming, Men’s Gymnastics, and Men’s Tennis are seen during their 2019-2020 season. (Daily Iowan Photo Staff)
Student-athletes had a chance to share their thoughts on the history of their respective sports at Iowa at a press conference Monday.
September 22, 2020

Since University of Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta and President Bruce Harreld announced that men’s tennis, men’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving would all be discontinued...

Save Iowa Sports fundraising campaign hits $1.65 million in pledges

Mark Kaufman speaks at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020. He is an alumni and was a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa.
In addition to the release of the $1.65 million pledge figure, the Save Iowa Sports group also penned an open letter to University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld.
September 22, 2020

In just under 24 hours, $1.65 million has been pledged to the Save Iowa Sports group. The group launched the pledge-based fundraising campaign Monday afternoon as part of a larger effort to revive...

Pledge campaign to save four discontinued Hawkeye sports started

Mark Kaufman speaks at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020. He is an alumni and was a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa.
The effort to revive the four sports that will be discontinued at Iowa is now ramping up.
September 21, 2020

A pledge-based fundraising campaign to support the four sports that will be discontinued at Iowa at the end of the 2020-21 academic year officially launched online Monday afternoon. The pledge form...

Efforts to revive Iowa swim and dive continue

Mark Kaufman speaks at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020. He is an alumni and was a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa.
The campaign to have Iowa swim and dive reinstated continues to press forward, despite adversity.
September 20, 2020

The last month has certainly been challenging for all that are connected to Iowa swim and dive. UI Athletics Director Gary Barta and President Bruce Harreld announced on Aug. 21 that four sports programs...

Despite Big Ten football returning this fall, Iowa’s sports cuts remain final

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta (left) and UI President Bruce Harreld (right) speak during the Hawkeye Huddle at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.
Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta said Thursday that the department's "financial crisis" is still in play.
September 17, 2020

Football will be played in the Big Ten this fall, but the University of Iowa's decision to discontinue four sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year remains final, Athletic Director...

Iowa leaves behind state-of-the-art swimming pool

Swimmers compete in the 200 backstoke during a swim meet at the CRWC on January 11, 2020 between Iowa, Illinois, and Notre Dame. The Hawkeye men's team defeated the fighting Irish 159.50 to 140.50 while the Hawkeye women's team defeated the fighting Illini 223 to 86 and lost to the fighting Irish 99.50 to 209.50.
Iowa’s competition pool opened in 2010, and hosted many competitions in recent history, including the men’s and women’s Big Ten Championships.
September 14, 2020

Iowa athletics announced on Aug. 21 that both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs would be discontinued at the end of the 2020-21 season. The cut came after Iowa announced an anticipated...

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