CASTINE, Maine—Maine Maritime Academy will offer men's and women's swimming with varsity competition beginning in the 2018-2019 season.
"The addition of a swimming program naturally aligns with the mission of the college and our focus on marine and related programs," said Dr. William Brennan, President of Maine Maritime Academy.
The addition of an intercollegiate swimming team marks the seventh men's and sixth women's NCAA intercollegiate program offered by Maine Maritime, which competes in Division III.
"There is demand among our current and prospective students and our pool is an underutilized asset on our campus," said Director of Athletics, Steve Peed. "I am incredibly excited for the opportunities we are creating and I look forward to watching our athletes compete."
The Mariners will compete in Bok Pool, attached to the Oakey Logan Alexander Field House in the Alfond Athletics complex. Bok pool is a six-lane, 25-yard pool which has served in a variety of capacities since it was built in 1961.
Maine Maritime will seek a limited club competition schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Mariners will make the leap to varsity status for the 2018-2019 academic year, allowing adequate time for minor renovations to Bok Pool in order to make it competition-ready.
Peed expects to begin searching for the program's first head coach early in the spring of 2018.