Men’s swimming reinstated after fundraising surge

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Monday, July 21, 2008
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Weeks after being told to walk the plank, the ASU men’s swimming program has been reinstated by the University.

Efforts coordinated by head coach Michael Chasson and assistant coach Simon Percy led to the $1 million raised by Sun Devil alumni, which made the team’s reinstatement possible.

Chasson said the weeks of limbo put a hurt on his recruiting class and led to the departure of a few of his athletes.

He estimated that he lost eight swimmers due to the situation, and will have about 15 swimmers for the upcoming season. Usually teams have 20 to 25 swimmers.

Had all of his recruits been able to fulfill their commitments, Chasson said ASU could have been a top-10 team. Without them, he expects his team to be top-20 caliber.

Due to NCAA regulations, Chasson could not release the names of the student-athletes that had left or the recruits that won’t be coming to ASU.

The $1 million already raised will only support the program for a few years, Chasson said. The coach and company still need to raise $4 million more to keep the men’s program a permanent fixture of ASU sports.

Reach the reporter at: alex.espinoza@asu.edu.