Missouri didn't pursue alleged assault

A descent to suicide

As soon as the morning after the incident, Woodland said he began hearing Menu Courey talk about potentially taking her life. Within two months -- April 2010 -- according to medical records, she checked herself into the campus hospital without her parents' knowledge, feeling suicidal, and began seeing counselors for the first time since high school. Team doctors and other campus doctors began to fill prescriptions for an anti-depressant and a sedative. By July, she was undergoing regular counseling at the university's student health center, also unbeknownst to her parents.

In August, on a pre-participation form for the 2010 swimming season, she disclosed to the athletic department that she had been hospitalized for a "major depressive disorder." She injured her back in August but practiced and competed until her back worsened. Counseling continued.

Menu Courey contacted an online rape crisis hotline, saving the transcript of her conversation as a draft in her Missouri e-mail account on Dec. 8. Near the end of the month, she told her campus therapist for the first time she had been raped.

Thirteen days later, head swimming coach Greg Rhodenbaugh asked her to stop participating in team workouts and competitions. He told "Outside the Lines" he had no idea she allegedly had been raped. He said his decision to separate her from her teammates was made to motivate her to continue regular counseling.

"At that point, she had stopped going to see counselors, was in a back brace and she couldn't do what we were doing," Rhodenbaugh said. "Swimming was something important to her, [so] we were trying to get her to go to the counseling."

Student health center records show, however, that Menu Courey had never stopped seeing counselors. She understood the decision as being "kicked off" the team, according to a text message she sent the coach. Teammates and friends who spoke with her said she was under intense pressure to come back from her injury, and she believed her scholarship was in jeopardy. Medical records confirm her dismay.

Isolated from her teammates and out of the water, she struggled emotionally to an even greater degree. Her mother said her daughter experienced extreme high and low mood swings. In March 2011, after a breakup with her boyfriend and with her teammates away at nationals, she checked herself into the campus psychiatric center. The next day, in a nursing assessment, she told the nurse she had been raped by a football player. Two doctors there also were made aware of the alleged assault.

During the 10-day hospitalization, she was diagnosed by doctors with borderline personality disorder, a condition marked by extreme highs and lows and turbulent relationships that one of her doctors, Blaise Aguirre, later told "Outside the Lines" had been aggravated by the alleged assault.

After being released to her parents' care, a few days later Menu Courey took her parents on a tour of the swimming facility. She convinced her parents that night she wanted to spend time with friends. Instead, she went to a local hotel and slashed her wrist. Police were called, and officers had to pepper spray and taser her to get the razorblade out of her hands. Her mother said a police officer later said that Menu Courey was yelling, "The system failed me! The system failed me!"

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