Singapore diver Freida Lim in limbo after Clemson University axes women's diving programme

Freida Lim joined Clemson University last August to do her undergraduate studies.
Freida Lim joined Clemson University last August to do her undergraduate studies.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Freida Lim, the first Singapore diver to receive a full athletic scholarship to the United States to compete in the top division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) system for Clemson University, is now left in search for a new university after the Tigers abruptly cancelled its women's diving programme.

The 19-year-old had just joined Clemson last August to do her undergraduate studies at Clemson, located in South Carolina.

According to swimming website SwimSwam, a blanket release was sent out to coaches around the United States on Tuesday.

The university had also previously dropped its men's and women's swimming and men's diving programmes.

But Lim, who in 2015 won SEA Games bronze in the women's 10m platform and silver in the 10m synchronised platform with Myra Lee, could be the most sought after diver at Clemson after she placed 10th on the platform at the NCAA Zone B Championships last week to be the university's highest finisher.

The NCAA Zone B event is one of five zone meets across the United States that allow divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships.