CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Student-athletes from the College of Charleston hit the pool for their final swim meet Friday night.
One student called the event "bittersweet."
"We kind of got off the blocks right when we heard the news.. we definitely plan on keeping going because this means a lot to a lot of people," swimmer Josh Shaffer said.
CofC divers will compete on Saturday morning for the last time.
The CofC Athletic Department plans to shut down the swim and dive teams because it can no longer afford to maintain the pool, which was constructed in the 1970s.
CofC Director of Athletics Joe Hull issued a statement Friday afternoon on the situation:
Hull announced in November that the teams would be disbanded at the end of the current season.
Athletics Communications Director Marlene Navor confirmed in a statement in November that the pool would close at the end of the spring semester.
"That space can be repurposed to provide up to 19,000 square feet of badly-needed classroom and student meeting room space," Navor said in a statement.
Hull said students in the program could either transfer to compete for a different school or remain at CofC on their scholarships.
Swimmers still plan to meet with President Glenn McConnell in hopes of keeping their team afloat.