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Queens to add competitive swimming to thriving Royals program

David Marsh, former Olympic coach, will help develop the new programs that launches this fall

03/17/10 -  

Queens University of Charlotte is proud to announce the addition of men's and women's swim programs to a thriving Royals athletics program this fall.

"We are thrilled to see our vision of offering a wider array of varsity sports at Queens fulfilled," said Jeannie King, director of athletics. "Our current student athletes and entire campus community will embrace these new teams and rally around them as they make history."

David Marsh will help develop the program as Executive in Residence for Athletics and High Performance. He brings tremendous experience, expertise and leadership not only to the swimming program, but also to the Department of Athletics.  He will partner with King and the coaching staff to pursue high performance and professional development in all facets of athletics and student-athlete performance.

 

"I am honored to be supporting Queens in developing an outstanding competitive collegiate swim program, providing exceptional athletes with opportunities to thrive academically and athletically here in Charlotte," Marsh said.  "The new innovative high performance program at Queens will also attract other student athletes who are looking for a comprehensive private university in the heart of a dynamic city with unparalleled opportunities to excel in their sport, their studies and in service to the community."

The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center will be the home site for the Royals. This world class facility is home to the annual Bluegrass Conference championships and one of the homes of Team Elite.

"We are proud to expand our partnership with Mecklenburg County, complementing our existing relationship through the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park off Tyvola Road," said Queens President Pamela Davies.

The new swim programs at Queens will join a thriving Royals program that boasts 16 varsity teams including men's and women's basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, softball and women's volleyball. 

"On behalf of USA Swimming, I am excited to witness the continued growth and vitality of a new collegiate competitive swim program developing, especially under the exceptional leadership of such a dedicated coach as David Marsh," said Mark Shubert, National Team managing director with USA Swimming.

Queens also will likely host summer camps (starting in 2011) to give swimming enthusiasts throughout the community opportunities to work with top caliber coaches and collegiate swimmers.

Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-ed, Presbyterian-affiliated comprehensive university with a commitment to both liberal arts and professional studies. Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, Queens serves approximately 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students through its College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the School of Communication, Hayworth College for Adult Studies and the Andrew Blair College of Health which features the Presbyterian School of Nursing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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