Report: Multiple student-athletes filing lawsuit against University of Iowa for cutting women's sports teams
Six Iowa student athletes are suing the university on the basis of gender discrimination after the women’s swim team was cut, according to Swimming World Magazine reporter Matthew De George.
The lawsuit “seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the cuts,” per Swimming World Magazine.
Swimmers Kelsey Drake, Sage Ohlensehlen, Christina Kaufman and Alexa Puccini, as well as Abbie Lyman (who wrestled in high school) and club rugby player Miranda Vermeer are the plaintiffs.
Iowa announced in August that it was cutting the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic calendar because of “financial exigency” due to the pandemic.
Via the filing from the plaintiffs:
The University of Iowa’s athletics program fails to meet Title IX’s accommodation of interests and abilities requirement insofar as it: (1) fails to offer women opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics substantially proportionate to the number of undergraduate women enrolled full-time; and (b) has failed continually to expand athletic participation opportunities for women in response to their interests and abilities, as evidenced by the elimination of a viable women’s team, and its failure to add a women’s intercollegiate team to its list of sponsored programs for more than 20 years; and (c) fails fully and effectively to accommodate the interests and abilities of women currently enrolled, including the swimmers and divers if the team is eliminated.”
Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, as well as Dr. Donna Lopiano and Dr. Andrew Zimbalist each had declarations in Thursday’s filling.