Georgia State has approved women’s swimming and diving, joining sand volleyball as the second women’s sport added since football took the field three years ago.
In addition, men’s cross country and track and field have been reclassified to club status.
The Sun Belt, which Georgia State is joining next summer, has women’s swimming and diving. The team will use 14 scholarships and is looking for a facility it can rent for practices and meets. It is considered an equivalency sport, meaning the 14 scholarships can be divided among several athletes.
The changes to track and field and cross country will go into effect 2013-14. The change won’t change much. The university hasn’t offered scholarships for track and field and has only offered the minimum of 3 1/2 in cross country.
Georgia State said the addition of women’s sand volleyball, and swimming and diving will assist it in its continuing efforts to comply with letter and spirit of Title IX.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu