Imagine: You are a freshman at the University of Maryland. Senior year of high school, you applied to a range of colleges, scouring state schools and private universities for a competitive, top-ranked swim team. You chose your state school, and, with a sizeable amount of scholarship money under your belt, you suit up for your first practice of the season.
It is hypocritical that student athletes do everything they can to succeed in their sport, but UMD administrators are not doing everything they can to honor this hard work. By cutting eight of its varsity sports, UMD is turning away a minimum of eight years worth of students who may have brought something special to the university, both athletically and intellectually.