Swimming to return as intercollegiate sport

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After a 40-year absence on campus, swimming teams will return to Hanover’s athletic department within two years.

The College will hire a head coach and begin to recruit student-athletes during the coming months with plans to debut men’s and women’s intercollegiate squads during the 2018-19 academic year.

Through a cooperative agreement with nearby Southwestern High School, the Panthers will use the high school’s facility for practices and competition. The off-site facility, just five minutes from campus, features a six-lane, 25-meter pool with Paddock Pools starting platforms, a Colorado Time System with a six-lane readout board and bleacher seating for fans..

Hanover becomes the sixth member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference to support aquatic teams, joining Anderson University, Franklin College, Manchester University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Transylvania University.

Swimming originated at Hanover in 1967 as an intramural program. Using the former pool in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center, the College sported an intercollegiate club program from 1969-77, competing against such opponents as the University of Louisville, Butler University, DePauw University and Berea College.

When the 2018-19 athletic season arrives, Hanover will support 22 varsity athletic programs, including 11 men’s and 11 women’s intercollegiate teams.

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