University of Iowa to keep women's swimming and diving

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa is keeping women's swimming and diving.

The school announcing Monday it's fully reinstating women’s swimming and diving as an NCAA and Big Ten Conference program.

It was scheduled to be discontinued at the end of current season due to a $75 million budget shortfall the school says was created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A federal judge blocked the university from cutting the program following a Title Nine complaint filed last year by four female swimmers.

Men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, and men's gymnastics were also set to be cut by the university.

(Undated) -- Members of a University of Iowa alumni group say they're glad women's swimming and diving teams will continue. Members of the group "Save Hawkeye Sports," however, say they're unhappy that other men's teams are still being discontinued. The organization offered the Iowa athletic department six million dollars to help save the other teams on the chopping block. Those teams include men's swimming and diving, men's gymnastics, and men's tennis. The organization says it has over 700 donors who have pledged funds to help reinstate the Olympic sports that are being cut. The university has declined the offer.

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