MARSHALL, MN (NorthernSun.org) – Southwest Minnesota State University has announced that the school will add women’s swimming and diving as a varsity program and begin competition during the 2019-20 season. A search for a full-time head coach will begin this spring. SMSU sponsored women’s swimming and diving for several seasons in the 1970s. The team will compete in the Don Palm Natatorium, which has six, 25-yard lanes and a separate 13-foot diving well. The facility hosted four NAIA Men’s National Championships in the 1970s. With the addition of SMSU, a total of eight schools will sponsor women’s swimming and diving in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. SMSU joins NSU, Augustana, U-Mary, Minnesota State, MSU Moorhead, St. Cloud State, and Sioux Falls with swimming and diving programs.