Quincy University announced yesterday that it will no longer offer women’s swimming among its intercollegiate athletic programs, effective immediately.

“The decision to make a cut among our athletic offerings is made only after extensive consideration and discussion,” said Q.U. Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Marty Bell. “With the current financial constraints of the institution, we felt that it was in the best interest of the Athletic Department and Quincy University as a whole to move forward in this manner.”

The women’s swimming program finished its second season of intercollegiate competition in 2016-16. Head coach Rachel Schlatter recently departed Q.U. to accept a coaching position with a club program in Michigan.

The swimming program had two student-athletes slated to return next season. Q.U. will give affected student-athletes permission to contact other schools for the purpose of transferring.

The University will also release any National Letter of Intent signee (NLIS) who decides to pursue other intercollegiate athletic opportunities. Quincy will honor NLIS and scholarships of student-athletes currently with the program who wish to continue their academic careers at the school.

Bell stated “We will work on behalf of our student-athletes who are impacted with the necessary support they need to continue in their academic and athletic careers.”