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OSU Swimming member Brooke Hofmann swims backstroke during a swim meet. Hofmann holds the ninth best time in OSU history for the 100 meter backstroke with a count of 56.31 seconds.

After the discontinuation of the Oregon State University Swimming team at the end of the season, 21 female student-athletes were cut, raising potential questions about OSU’s compliance with Title IX. 

Title IX, a federal law first established in 1972, states “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Marianne Vydra, the deputy athletics director for administration and senior woman administrator, said the loss of the swim team actually brings the university closer to compliance, due to the fact that OSU has more men in the general student population than women. According to Vydra, this ratio is approximately 54% male and 46% female.

Vydra said before the team was cut, the male to female student-athlete ratio was approximately 52% male and 48% female. With the loss of the 21 female swimmers, the ratio is now closer to the general student population at about 53.42% male and 46.57% female. 

However, the cut was ‘heartbreaking’ to many of the athletes who are now teamless, and were informed of the change only shortly before the general public. Many former Beaver swimmers will be leaving OSU to pursue swimming elsewhere.

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