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Clemson to add softball in 2020; Will discontinue women’s diving

The athletic department announced on Tuesday that it will be ending the Women’s Diving program and begin sponsoring a Women’s Softball team

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Clemson University’s Athletic Department has officially announced that it will add Women’s Softball, with the tentative goal of having the inaugural in the 2020 season. Currently, 13 ACC schools have women’s softball teams. University of South Carolina has also seen success with their softball program, which has 20 NCAA tournament appearances and has made the Women’s College World Series 11 times. Clemson University currently has a club women’s softball team.

To make room for softball, the Athletic Department will be cutting the women’s diving program. The women’s diving program has competed on its own since the Athletic Department discontinued its men’s swimming and diving and women’s swimming programs following the 2011 season. The women’s diving team recently finished the 2016-2017 season, which will be the final season in program history. Current members of the diving team will have the option to stay at Clemson and continue to receive the financial aid, academic support, and other benefits that they currently receive. Any members who wish to continue their diving career elsewhere will be allowed immediate release from their scholarship and will be allowed to transfer to any other program.

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