GREENSBORO -- North Carolina A&T University said they will be discontinuing their women's swim team.
But students and alumni are holding out hope that it won't happen since the change won't come for another three years.
"A lot of us were very upset," swimmer Aarica Carrington said. "Brought tears to our eyes. But we had to shake it off and get ready for this season and show that we are important and fo have talent that should be seen."
It's that determination that has accrued more than 1,000 signatures on a petition to keep the Aggie women's swim team from leaving.
"I'm not gonna say it would never change, but is unlikely we would change this position going forward," A&T athletic director Earl Hilton said.
He said A&T will drop women's swimming after the 2015-2016 season because there aren't enough teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to compete for championships.
What makes the Aggies unique is that they are only one of two historically black universities to have a women's team.
"There's just not many teams like us left around," Carrington said.
The athletic office said they have seen other colleges and universities discontinue their women's swim teams.
The silver lining in this case is that these student athletes will keep their scholarships and be able to compete for the next three years.
"That's really a big blessing," head swim coach Shawn Hendrix said. "Most schools just discontinue the program at the end of the season."
"Obviously people are going to graduate and we'll have to recruit individuals to swim for us, but they're either be walk-ons or they will be individuals who understand it's a two-year commitment or one-year commitment," Hilton said.
"I guess now we have more motivation to do our best and show what we really can do," Carrington said.
A&T will be adding four sports over the next six to seven years. That includes men's and women's golf, men's tennis and women's soccer.