Swimmers Defend Wearing Speedos at Sporting Events

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Baruch College’s swim teams are no longer permitted to wear Speedos while spectating at Bearcats athletics events, and they're not happy about it.

Donning swim gear at other teams' games is a years-long tradition that began to erode in 2019, when the New York college's men's and women's swim teams were kicked out of a volleyball match for adhering to this tradition. After being forced to leave, they were told that they could not arrive in swimsuits at the Battle of Lex, when Baruch’s basketball team hosted Hunter College in the biggest sporting event of the year.

As reported by student newspaper The Ticker, the teams voiced their concerns by replying to an email sent by athletic director Carrie Thomas about a Jan. 30 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting during which the Speedo controversy surfaced. Swimmers were not allowed to defend the tradition at the meeting.

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