CSUN swim team gets cut by athletic department

Gilberto Manzano

Freshman Kimberly Rashleigh is one of many Matador swimmers not able to compete in the 2010-11 season. Photo Credit: Sarah Smith / Staff Photographer

The Cal State Northridge men’s and women’s swimming team was discontinued Monday afternoon by the athletic department due to the ongoing statewide financial crisis.

“Looking at the budget and what are income and expenses are was a deciding factor in our decision,” Rick Mazzuto, the Athletic Director at CSUN said. “In the past two years many campuses across the nation have cut sports programs due to the financial crisis. So it’s not just a problem in our university.”

The CSUN swimming head coach Barry Schreifels was shocked to hear the news.

“I never would have guessed this happening to us,” Schreifels said.  “When Rick (Mazzuto) told me the news it was very difficult for me. I’ve been working (at CSUN) since 1993 and the swimming team is a big part of my life.”

Schreifels and the rest of his swimmers haven’t decided yet whether to protest the athletic department’s decision.

“Right now we are all shocked and disappointed. In the next few days we will discuss how to approach this news,” Schreifels said.

For more information on this matter check out tomorrow’s issue and check the sundial.csun.edu for updates.