ELKINS -- Davis & Elkins College has announced plans to establish intercollegiate men's and women's swimming and tennis teams to start competition in the 2009-10 academic year.
With the establishment of these teams, D&E intends to increase enrollment by making the school more attractive to a diverse population of athletes.
The D&E tennis courts will need to be enhanced to NCAA standards before the start of the season, while the swimming pool was last renovated in the late 1990s. Recently, the Elkins Otters swim club, which shares use of the D&E facility with the Elkins High School team, donated lane lines.
Through an agreement with the college and the two teams, many updates have already been made to the pool, including a new scoreboard, touch pad scoring and starting devices, and new starting blocks.
D&E eliminated men's and women's tennis in 2004. Both tennis teams will compete in the West Virginia Conference. With the addition of the D&E teams, there will be 11 men's and 10 women's tennis teams in WVC competition.
The WVC does not recognize swimming as a championship sport. The D&E swim team will join the Blue Grass Mountain Conference, competing with a wide range of Division II and NAIA schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Former D&E all-conference player Otis Cutshaw will coach tennis. The school is in the process of interviewing candidates for the swim coaching position.