Towson University police have launched an investigation after members of the women's swimming and diving team reported finding a smartphone that had apparently been recording them in a locker room, the school said in a statement Saturday.

The statement said that team members found the phone inside their Burdick Pool locker room and that it "may have captured video images and audio recordings of the student-athletes from inside the locker room."


The incident occurred Friday morning, and the investigation began that day.

The university is offering counseling and other resources to members of the team, the statement said.

One parent of a team member said they had viewed an eight-minute video after finding the phone. She said Towson athletic director Tim Leonard held a meeting with the athletes on Friday afternoon to discuss the situation, and said a personnel action had been taken.

On Saturday, a Towson spokeswoman declined to discuss that action, citing personnel rules and the ongoing investigation.

The team participated Saturday in a scheduled meet at Georgetown University. Towson is ranked 27th in the CollegeSwimming.com Division I Team Power Rankings, and third in the Mid-Major rankings.

They are led by coach Pat Mead and his wife, Maureen, who coaches the diving team.

Earlier this year, Barry Freundel, a prominent Orthodox rabbi who taught at Towson, was sentenced to 17 years in prison after admitting that he had secretly recorded more than 150 women in a Jewish ritual bath in Washington D.C.

Freundel, who had taught courses on topics including ethics and religion at the university since 2009, resigned after pleading guilty.