Memphis State University - DeSoto Yearbook (Memphis, TN)

 - Class of 1980

Page 140 of 344

 

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No swimming at Memphis State Uni- versity? Although MSU did not have a collegiate swim team in 1980, the members of the Memphis State Swim Club were making waves of their own. Composed of 150 individuals rang- ing from eight years to college age, the MSU Swim Club, sponsored by the athletic department, was a community project. Under the direction of Coach Richard Fadgen, the project was used as a development program in which each member paid to participate. Mike Phillips, a senior at Memphis State, was one of the two collegiate members of the team. Mike, who began swimming competitively while in high school, broke several state records during his senior year. He qualified for the National Junior Olympics in 1975 and in 1976 set an Amateur Athletic Union record in the 50 meter freestyle at the South-Eastern AAU Conference. He was also the coach of the novice swim team at MSU. If there was so much community in- terest in swimming, why didn ' t Memphis State have a swim team? The main problem was financing ac- cording to both Coach Fadgen and Bill " Spook " Murphy, Memphis State athletic director. A good swim program " One of these days were go- ing to have a kid in the Olym- pics from here. " -Coach Richard Fadgen would cost from sixty to eighty thou- sand dollars with no return of funds. With MSU receiving no state funds for athletic programs, it was impossible to start a collegiate swim team in 1980; however, both Fadgen and Murphy agreed that Memphis State would someday get a team. Fadgen felt that starting a team in 1980 would be ineffective. He did not want Memphis State to simply have a participating team, but rather a winning team. To obtain a winning team Fadgen felt that twelve swimmers and two divers of collegiate caliber were necessary, but Memphis State did not have them. Even though MSU could not com- pete intercollegiately, the swim club participated in AAU competition. In 1974, four swimmers from MSU com- peted in the Association of Inter- collegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Competition and finished in the top ten teams. In the Student World Games held in Moscow, two girls from MSU competed with one finishing fifth in the 100 meter breast stroke and the other finishing fourth in the 200 meter breast stroke. Coach Fadgen felt that the 1979-80 team was one of the best teams he had coached. He was very optimistic about the future of an official Memphis State Swim Team. 136/Sports

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