"Members of the University of Nebraska Omaha Maverick Swimming and Diving Team are currently safe in a secure area at the Fort Lauderdale airport, following an incident involving a shooting earlier today. The team was returning from a winter break training trip. We are monitoring the situation and working to get the team back home safely to Omaha."
-Trev Alberts, Vice Chancellor of Athletics, 2:49 p.m. Friday, January 6
"I am grateful our students and coaches are safe and secure following the situation at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Student safety is my top concern. We are working to get the team back to Omaha. Our thoughts are with them."
-Chancellor John Christensen
By Monday morning, Jan. 9, all members of the UNO Swimming Team and coaches had safely arrived in Omaha, after being caught in the confusion Friday following a shooting that took place at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. The team was at the airport for a return flight from an annual winter training trip in Key West.
The students and coaches have been notified that UNO Counseling and Psychological Services staff are available to speak with.
Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
The team's experience was covered by multiple news outlets. Here is a quick summary:
A statement from UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Vice Chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts: NTV in Kearney, FoxNebraska, Fox42, NBC Nebraska, KETV, WOWT, KFAB, KNOP, 1011, KCSR Radio, Lincoln Journal Star, EIN News, Omaha World-Herald and Grand Island Independent
The UNO Gateway published a recap of the events.