Newest Panthers set to compete in 2020-21
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University Athletic Department is adding men's swimming to its list of NCAA Division III sponsored programs, bringing the University's total number of sponsored sports to 25. The program will begin competition during the 2020-21 academic year.
The announcement was made by Director of Athletics Kim Bownes with the full support of PSU President Donald L. Birx, Ph.D. on Thursday.
"The addition of men's swimming is both exciting for our department as well as beneficial to the growth of the sport at Plymouth State," said Bownes. "There has been a steady increase in the number of men's programs throughout New England and we look forward to offering an exceptional experience to a new group of student-athletes. We have had great success with the women's program over the past two years and believe this will raise the level of our athletics program across the board."
The Little East Conference (LEC) hosted its first men's invitational meet in February. The addition of Plymouth State brings the total number of men's programs in the conference to five, allowing the league to host a championship meet once the conference's athletic directors give their approval.
Anne Barbeau, who has led the women's program the last two years, will oversee both teams. She will add an additional assistant coach to her staff.
Plymouth State now sponsors 25 varsity sports – 12 men's and 13 women's. Men's swimming becomes the first new sport added since the men's and women's track & field programs celebrated their inaugural seasons during the 2015-16 school year.
The men's and women's teams will compete in joint meets with home contests taking place at the PSU Natatorium.
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