2009 Vanderbilt Commodores Women's Swimming and Diving
Vanderbilt University does not compete in Division I men's swimming and diving, so when it comes to action in the pools, the women are the only game in town. And Vandy women's swimming and diving has somewhat of an unusual history in the Southeastern Conference. The program has played somewhat of a "now you see it, now you don't" type of game with the SEC, a game that has resulted in its 25 year history in the SEC only resulting in 11 actual seasons of competition.
Vandy women's swimming and diving first competed in the Southeastern Conference in 1984. And from the beginning, at appeared that the squad, while replete with dedicated and passionate participants, just seemed annually overmatched. The team finished in last place in the SEC Championships 7 of the 9 seasons from 1984 through 1992. The only seasons in which it avoided the conference cellar were its debut season, 1984 (LSU trailed that season) and 1987 (when Kentucky followed). With that track record in mind, and due to other concerns as well, Vandy pulled the plug from its participation in swimming and diving in 1993.
Fast-forward to 2007. It was then that Vanderbilt University elected to reestablish its women’s swimming and diving program and also, to resume participation in the Southeastern Conference. Since that time, the women’s teams from Vanderbilt have participated in two seasons of competition, and not surprisingly, this new squad has struggled in both years, finishing in last place in both 2007 as well as 2008. What remains to be seen is whether the program will continue to inhabit the basement cellar as it did when it previously was a member of the SEC, or whether these are merely growing pains to eventually be overcome.
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