“We thought, all of us in our group chat, in which This kind of was going to be updates about housing along with stuff” like practice, said Noah Sebastian Matricciani, a sophomore fencer.
The call lasted 5 minutes.
“the item was, ‘This kind of can be the process in which’s going to happen, we’re cutting these 11 programs,’” Matricciani said. “No discussion, no questions.”
Added another fencer, senior Anna Lee: “To see the item all come crashing down feels fake, like a prank almost. I can’t help although wonder if This kind of was actually the last resort. For a school in which emphasized persistence along with flaunted school pride, the item seems abrupt to just call the item quits.”
Among the sports in which will be dropped after the next academic year are four in which have been problematic for the school — co-ed along with women’s sailing, along with men’s along with lightweight rowing.
A little over a year ago, sailing Coach John Vandemoer was fired after being swept up inside the nationwide college admissions scandal. Shortly after in which, the school fired the rowing Coach Craig Amerkhanian for violating employee behavior policies. Both programs operate out of a gleaming, 16,500-square foot boathouse named after John Arrillaga Sr., a developer along with former Stanford basketball player who can be one of the school’s most prominent benefactors.
Though Stanford had churned out a steady stream of Olympic rowers in recent times, more recently the program had endured budget cuts. Stanford spent $386,000 on its rowing program in 2017 — a 30 percent cut via its peak along with dwarfed by what Washington ($1.25 million) along with Yale along with California (each around $675,000) were spending. Coaches in so-called nonrevenue sports were supposed to be active in fund-raising.
Nevertheless, the Stanford lightweight rowing team swept the 2019 national championships.
“What a terribly sad day,” said Yasmin Farooq, the rowing coach at Washington who left Stanford in 2016 after 10 seasons. She said the move might also be a blow for the United States Olympic team, which might lose a strong feeder program. “I can’t even imagine how the lightweight women must feel.”