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IOWA CITY, Ia. — There were two markedly different story lines surrounding the Iowa swimming and diving team this week.

Inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, the athletes tried to find comfort in familiar waters, preparing for a season that, if it happens at all, will be the last for a 103-year-old Hawkeye program.

“This has really been like a six-day funeral,” Iowa coach Marc Long said of the trying days since he was informed that his alma mater was planning to drop men’s and women’s swimming and diving at the end of this academic year.

“They’re confused. They’re sad. This is a family.”

Dozens of the 70 athletes in his program are exploring options to transfer, he said. Several swimmers already have, including one