Looking at Maryland's six sports programs recommended for elimination

November 14, 2011

Acrobatics & Tumbling

Coach: Laura Chiriaco (Third year)

Athletes: 42

The Terps are one of six Division I programs in the nation to have an acrobatics and tumbling team, all of which are part of the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association. The sport was launched at Maryland in 2003 and has seen rising support since.

The team is coming off an undefeated season and has welcomed 13 new athletes this fall semester. But coach Jarnell Bonds, who led the Terps to three National Cheerleaders Association championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010, decided to step down in July.

The program decided to promote Chiriaco, who had been with the program for seven years, to the head coaching position. She was previously a volunteer assistant coach.

Men's Swimming and Diving

Coach: Sean Schimmel (Fourth year)

Athletes: 24

The Terps men's swimming and diving team picked up its first win of the season by defeating UMBC in College Park on Saturday. They started the season by falling in meets against North Carolina State, North Carolina and Duke.

Schimmel entered his fourth season with nearly half of his roster made up of newcomers. Senior Andrew Relihan leads the returners, owning or sharing five school records, including the 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM.

The Terps haven't had a winning record in 10 years and have won just five times in the past two seasons. They are 1-25 in ACC matches since 2005.

Men's Tennis

Coach: Kyle Spencer (Third year)

Athletes: 10

Of the 10 athletes on the Terps men's tennis team, just three come from the United States. The team includes players from Slovakia, Finland, France, Romania, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. In his three years in College Park, Spencer has shown a knack for bringing in talent from across the globe.

Last year Spencer guided the Terps to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and defeated Michigan in the opening round. They finished No. 39 in the national rankings. Before Spencer took over the program, the Terps routinely finished at the bottom of the ACC.

The Terps will play in seven tournaments this fall before playing in head-to-head matchups in the spring.

Men's Track and Field

Coach: Andrew Valmon (Ninth year)

Athletes: 30

Valmon, who won gold medals as a member of the U.S. 4x400 relay teams in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, came to College Park in 2003 after spending eight years on Georgetown's staff. Valmon has also coached on the U.S. National Team, most recently during the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The Terps finished eighth in the ACC in indoor track this year and 10th in outdoor men's track in 2010. A bright spot for the Terps has been Dwight Barbiasz, who finished fifth in the men's high jump at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Maryland's indoor season is scheduled to start Jan. 14 at the Penn State Invitational. Outdoor competition begins March 23 at the UCF Invitational in Orlando.

Women's Swimming and Diving

Coach: Sean Schimmel (Fourth year)

Athletes: 26

Unlike their male counterparts, the Terps women's swimming and diving team has found success in recent history. Just last week the Terps ranked No. 19 nationally in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll. They sit at 3-1 this season after dismantling UMBC on Saturday.

This year's roster includes two two-time NCAA Championships qualifiers in Ginny Glover and Megan Lafferty. Lafferty set an ACC record in the 100 fly last season at the NCAA Championships.

Schimmel took over the program in 2007 and finished with a 3-5 record that year. The Terps have won at least nine meets in the past three seasons. Schimmel has a 33-12 record in his four seasons at the helm.

Water Polo

Coach: Carl Salyer (Eighth year)

Athletes: 21

The Terps water polo program is led by Salyer, a former water polo player at UCLA and assistant coach at Navy. He has gradually improved the Terps program since he took over.

Last season the Terps finished 19-14, including a 4-0 regular-season mark in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division. They finished third in the CWPA Eastern Championship, the best showing in school history. Their postseason play earned them a No. 17 ranking in the final national poll, another best for the program.

The Terps are in the midst of their offseason workouts in preparation for the spring season.

Chris Eckard

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