Vanguard University to Discontinue Aquatic Program

Vanguard University has announced the discontinuation of its aquatics program, which includes men and women’s swimming and men and women’s water polo beginning with the 2012-13 academic school year.

Bob Wilson, Athletic Director, states “The Vanguard University Athletic Program is committed to excellence in pursuit of our mission by providing a quality collegiate experience for our student athletes.  We have concluded that the logistics of the aquatics program do not allow for us to do so at this time.  Therefore, the decision has been made to remove aquatics from the Vanguard University Athletic Program.”

All aquatic student athletes that had eligibility remaining and who desire to return to Vanguard University to continue their education will be granted the same amount of athletic financial aid for the 2012-13 academic year as was provided for the student athlete in the 2011-12 academic year.   Other institutional aid (academic, institutional need based funds and loans) will be honored as long as each student athlete has submitted their FASFA by March 2, 2012 and continues to meet the criteria established for that aid.  Beyond the 2012-13 academic year, each student athlete will be asked to meet with the Director of Financial Aid to determine their financial aid package.

Student athletes who wish to continue their aquatics careers elsewhere will receive the full support and assistance of the Vanguard athletics staff in their transfer. Vanguard University aquatic teams will complete the 2011-2012 season.

Vanguard University Athletics sponsors 13 intercollegiate sports and is a Champions of Character program participant and award winner.  For more information about Vanguard University athletics, visit

Vanguard University ( is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2011-2012 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named VU a 2011-2012 “Best in the West” College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is only one of two members of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) with a National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) accreditation.

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