The University of Maryland has shelved National Letters of Intent for the 2011-2012 women’s water polo recruiting class according to a person with knowledge of the situation. This comes as the Washington Post reports the university’s athletic budget will lose $4.7 million this fiscal year. and that as many as 10 intercollegiate sports could be cut.
No official word has come that the water polo program will be cancelled. The sport is on a preliminary list of those recommended to be eliminated, according to multiple sources. Athletic Director, Kevin Anderson, met with teams individually to share the news yesterday. University President Wallace Loh is expected to make a final decision on the matter by December 31.
The team will play its 2012 schedule regardless of the President’s decision since the fiscal year’s budget has already been allocated, according to this person.
In March of 2010 UC Davis announced plans to eliminate intercollegiate water polo, sparking a nationwide fund-raising effort that ultimately saved the program.