Delta State University and the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen Swimming and Diving program are poised to welcome the University of New Orleans Swimming and Diving program this weekend as the Louisiana school prepares for the impact of Tropical Storm Gustav.
“Delta State is a university community built upon the principle of service. We are pleased to welcome student athletes and our professional colleagues from the University of New Orleans to our campus as they watch the weather and await developments,” stated DSU President Dr. John Hilpert.
The Privateers will leave New Orleans on Saturday headed to Cleveland. While the outcome and exact path of Tropical Storm Gustav are unknown at this time, UNO head coach Randy Horner and DSU head coach Brian Hein plan on making the most of their time together.
“When the need arose for coach Randy Horner and his program to evacuate New Orleans, we didn’t hesitate to open our doors. They’re bringing 36 student-athletes and three coaches with them tomorrow and we’re going to make the next few days the best we can for them here at DSU. We will spend the next few days training side-by-side at the Aquatics Center,” added coach Hein.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Delta State University opened its doors to evacuees from across Mississippi and Louisiana. For several weeks, Hugh White Dormitory served as a shelter to those displaced by the storm.