The Princeton University men’s swimming and diving team’s season has been suspended indefinitely. If the suspension of an Ivy League athletic team sounds a bit familiar, it’s because this is not the first team to have its season suspended this year. In fact, it’s not even the second. Princeton’s men’s swimming and diving team marks the third Ivy League team suspended from play this year, joining the Columbia University wrestling team and the Harvard University men’s soccer team. The suspension of all three of these teams stemmed from offensive comments and actions.
As reported by “The Associated Press,” “Princeton University has suspended the rest of the men’s swimming and diving team’s season after school administrators discovered that members had posted ‘vulgar and offensive’ material on the team’s electronic mailing list. A statement released by Princeton on Thursday did not disclose specifics but said the ‘misogynistic and racist’ comments involved the women’s swimming and diving team. The suspension comes after an anonymous complaint alerted university officials to several materials, including the school-sponsored team mailing list and other electronic correspondence.”
While Princeton’s men’s swimming and diving team’s season has been suspended, the university hasn’t yet decided if the team’s season will be canceled outright. This is still under review. But we fully anticipate that the Tigers won’t be taking part in any swim meets this year in light of what has already come to light in Princeton’s investigation.