- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Loyola University New Orleans will be adding men’s and women’s swimming as well as competitive cheer and dance to its sports programs in 2016-17.

Director of Athletics and Wellness Brett Simpson says the additions are part of the university’s strategic plan to enhance intercollegiate athletics and grow the number of student athletes from the current level of 150 to 300 by 2020.

Competitive cheer and dance is recognized as an invitational sport in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics with 63 institutions currently sponsoring the sport.

Simpson says head coaches for the new sports are expected to be hired in the spring and will spend the 2015-16 year recruiting students to fill squads the following year.

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