Four female athletes sue University of Iowa over sports cuts


(Des Moines, IA) -- Four female student-athletes are suing the University of Iowa, over it's decision to cut women's swimming and diving. The complaint has been filed in Federal District Court, Southern District of Iowa.

The complaint claims the University is violating "Title IX " by cutting women's swimming and diving.

The University recently cut that program, as well as men's swimming and diving, men's tennis, and men's gymnastics. Iowa said the cuts were made because of pandemic-related revenue losses. The students are suing to have women's swimming and diving reinstated.

The students (Sage Ohlensehlen, Christina Kaufman, Alexa Puccini, and Kelsey Drake) maintain the elimination of the sport violate their rights and the rights of other student-athletes, protected under Title IX of the federal Education Amendment of 1972.

The lawsuit mains the University is failing to provide equal opportunities for female students.