Cabrini College Will Promote to Villanova


Cabrini College in suburban Philadelphia will promote its campus to close by Villanova, closing the financially-troubled college in 2024. That eliminates one more small-school swimming program within the Northeast in what has been a tricky yr for the area.

Cabrini, positioned in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is a small Catholic college that opened in 1957. It’s positioned lower than 2 miles from the bigger, a lot older, and way more well-known Catholic college, Villanova College, which sponsors NCAA Division I males’s and ladies’s swimming & diving applications.

Cabrini has confronted years of economic troubles, working with a price range deficit since 2013, however a number of modifications to reignite the varsity’s income and cut back bills have come up quick. Even after cuts to workers in the course of the pandemic, final yr noticed the varsity run a $5 million deficit on a $45 million price range.

If the boards of each colleges approve the sale of the campus to Villanova, Cabrini will reopen within the fall for its closing two semesters.

Final yr, Cabrini had an enrollment of 1,186 undergraduates and 430 graduate college students. Different native faculties, together with Gwynedd Mercy College and Rosemont Faculty, introduced after the information broke that they’d settle for Cabrini switch credit and match their pupil help packages.

The addition of Cabrini’s campus will develop the varsity’s 260 acres by a further 112 acres, opening what will likely be often called the Villanova Cabrini campus. Villanova plans to proceed a few of Cabrini’s applications in nursing, schooling, service, immigration, and the development of girls.

The college has lengthy targeted on social justice studying and was one of many first colleges within the nation to require neighborhood service from undergraduate college students as a part of its curriculum.

Cabrini’s D3 swimming program had 13 ladies and and eight males final season. The group was lead by head coach Cindy Ikeler, with assistants Josh Tempo and Beaghann Smith supporting her.

All however one member of the group got here from Pennsylvania or close by states New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The applications compete within the Atlantic East Convention; final yr, the ladies completed third out of seven groups and the boys completed third out of 6 groups.

The group gained convention championships in ladies’s swimming in 2014 (AMCC), after which three-straight in 2018, 2019, and 2020 (Atlantic East).

The boys’s group gained four-straight championships from 2019 by 2022.

Small faculties across the nation are dealing with monetary challenges. Neighboring New York has misplaced 5 NCAA swimming applications this yr; 4 of these had been NCAA Division III colleges.

Two of these colleges, Medaille College and Cazenovia Faculty, have shut down completely.

In contrast to these applications, although, Cabrini College swimmers may need a yr to seek out their subsequent residence. The college has not but introduced what’s going to occurs to its athletics groups for subsequent season (no less than one coach, the top lacrosse coach, has stepped down), however the college students will at a minimal be capable of transfer ahead academically subsequent yr at Cabrini.

Not one of the applications reported by native media to be openly-recruiting Cabrini college students sponsor swimming & diving applications.




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