Dropping men's swimming hurts women's programs.
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Let's explore, shall we?
What if there were combined team scores at the 2012 NCAA Division-I championships?
It would have looked like this:
1. Cal Berkeley-948
5. Southern California-517.5
8. Texas A&M-359
15. Arizona State-159
17. Ohio State-140
18. Florida State-137
20. Virginia Tech-106
23. Penn State-86
24. Southern Methodist-67
25. Notre Dame-45
Although some scored only in one gender, all twenty-five (25) of these schools sponsor both men’s and women’s programs.
Think it’s unfair of me to post "slanted" statistics like these? What, if anything, does it prove?
Here’s where a few women-only teams placed in the 2012 NCAA Division-I women’s championships:
47T. Boise State-2
49T. New Mexico-1
Still not being fair? Many schools didn't have any qualifiers or scoring athletes/relays, right?
Okay, let’s back up from NCAA’s and check out conference results for women-only squads. Would that be more "fair"?
Big Ten (12 teams) - Illinois (10th), Nebraska (11th)
Big XII (5 teams) - Kansas (4th), Iowa State (5th)
Pac-12 (9 teams) - UCLA (5th), Oregon State (8th), Washington State (9th)
SEC (10 teams) - Arkansas (6th), Vanderbilt (10th)
Big East (11 teams) - Cincinnati* (7th), Rutgers (8th)
ACC (12 teams) - Miami (6th)**, Wake Forest (12th)
Conference USA (6 teams) - Rice (2nd), Houston (4th), Marshall (5th), Tulane (6th)
*Cincinnati men compete but are being defunded.
**Miami sponsors only diving for the men.
Spot a trend?
That's right, fans: There's a high correlation between performance in women's college swimming and the sponsorship of both men's and women's college swim teams.
Okay, okay! I know correlation doesn't imply causation.
If it did, we could wipe out U.S. highway fatalities by importing more lemons from Mexico, right?