Towson Swim Team Boycotts Meet Amid Investigation into Locker Room Cell Phone

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burdickpoolIt’s normal for journalists to feel in the dark about sensitive issues like the investigation into a cell phone found in the women’s locker room at Towson University that began last month. But, in this case, it appears the members of the swimming and diving team who were potentially affected by the phone are also lacking answers.

The phone was found in the women’s locker room at Burdick Pool in October, and officials initially said they were investigating whether it was used to record students. Little new info about the phone has to come to light since then, so Towson’s swimming and diving team is stepping out of the pool. According to Swimming World, the team is boycotting this weekend’s meet against Pittsburgh. University officials said they wanted the team to use the weekend to “refocus, recover and regroup.”

Then, the university announced a coaching shake-up. Head Swimming Coach Pat Mead was removed from the staff, while assistant Jake Shrum was promoted. Two diving coaches, including Mead’s wife Maureen Mead, were also put on administrative leave, and Tim Perkins was named acting head coach. But information about the status of Pat or Maureen Mead wasn’t made available.

But it’s still not known whether the coaching changes are connected to the cell phone, or what was on the cell phone in the first place.The university said their investigation is moving as “swiftly as possible” and is following “due process.”

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.


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