SF.State swimmers retired their warm-up suits for good this season after the athletic department's descision to cut the swim team from its budget. This record-breaking swim team was notoriously known for their loud team spirit and tight bonds as friends. The swimmers and Coach Chris Culp were devastated to see the team come to an end without ever receiving a legitimate reason why from the administration.
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The SF State mascot watches over the last meet.
April 22, 2004 3:35 PM
big ups to the swim team. i have met some of the hardest workers ever on this team, they are straight savage.
btw can u e.mail the pictures?
April 22, 2004 7:10 PM
What the school and the board of athletics will never realize as this season led to the ultimate end of a once great dynasty of athletes is that not only were we swimmers but also family. We were everything that a team needed: unity, dedication, and school spirit. We had it more than any other team on this whole campus..even more than the so-called cheerleaders!!! What people also couldn't see were the 6am morning workouts everyday ontop of afternoon workouts and the dreaded January hell month where we would even train nine miles a practice and three hours straight. We went to every meet being known as the most spirited team as soon as we walked onto to the pool deck.Conference was a proving statement that not only were we known for all of that but every school, parents, friends cheered us on and came up to us one by one telling us how sorry they were to see us go and that conference champs will never be as loud or the same without us. The over amount of tears at the end of our last meet was proof that swimming was more than just a sport....we learned how to work hard, learn about dedication, and what it means to really become part of something special. All I can say is that I was fortunate enough to be part of this team and be able to go down in history as it's final captain (something I am very proud of). I love my team and this sport more so than anyone can say. to the athletic board.....you messed up the best sport that was on this deteriorating school.
April 22, 2004 8:00 PM
That article completely sucked. There was so much more footage available for the article and that is all you could come up with. Even with a 2 month extension that article sucked. I love my team with all my heart and I would give anything to get my 4 years back so i could swim again for San Francisco State but with that article our point and our feelings were not put across.
April 23, 2004 12:40 AM
i'll have to agree with Erin. Your "staff" took an enormous amount of photographs for this "story". They reported, and got soem amazing feedback, what ever happend to that? I understadn that y'all are big time, and have bigger and better stories on hand...
I mean hey, you just cut our team, affected our whole lives.
It's ok, we understand.
"money talks, bullshit walks"
April 24, 2004 12:04 AM
Very interesting article, it made me think....
April 24, 2004 12:07 AM
Atleast they cut swimming not the badmitten, bowling, or polo teams. Cheers to 2067 National Badmitten Champions SF State!
April 24, 2004 8:36 PM
I'm the one in the speedo.
April 26, 2004 2:52 PM
Kudos to the online staff. Despite the delay of the piece, you were able to capture the spirit and strength of this team. Your reporting was indepth and balanced - difficult tasks when no one want to do the talking on the other side. Any negative comments about this article come from bitterness about the subject and have no merit on the story. Great job. Go gators.
April 26, 2004 7:24 PM
if you scroll down really fast you can hear a "VIEP" sound. I love the swim team. May it rest in peace.
April 27, 2004 2:05 PM
I believe that purely out of our teams disappointment of losing a part of us, the swim program here at sfsu, comes this bitter hostility towards our fellow peers who have tried to capture just a small part of who and what we really were as a team and as a family. Despite this article being good or bad, what really is important is the fact that we as a team gave everything we had, our hearts, our bodies, our minds, our spirits and our dedication to perfecting ourselves as athletes and as people. This is what truely made the swim team. The memory of all this is the one thing that no one will be able to take away.
April 28, 2004 2:58 AM
So sad about the swim team and the other athletics being cut. I hope y'all have fond memories of your fellow governator, the one who brought you the budget cuts to not increase your vehicle registration fee, as much as the swim team. Maybe you can ask Corrigan to privatize the athletics department, and let the free market determine the swim team's validity.
Try to be more active around these issues next time. Didn't see too many swimmers at the last protest. This shit was coming for a while.
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