October 2, 2017
Cooper has committed to accept this scholarship and swim for the Florida State University Seminoles! He is the first of our 6 High school Seniors already decided on the school he will be attending next fall. In the water Cooper is a sprint specialist for the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 100 Fly. He has US Open level, and Junior National level times in these events, and certainly has more room to improve. Cooper is the TTST captain, and is a first class person in all ways. I will miss him around the pool, but can't wait to see him enjoy University.
At TTST we have a great track record of seeing our graduates go on to swim in University. Here is an article I have detailing the process:
This is a great time of year to start thinking about interscholastic swimming. We have our current TTST collegiate athletes swimming in championship meets, and High school swimming starts this month! USA Swimming is likely the most dominant Olympic sport ever, and I know that a large part of that success comes from our nations high quality interscholastic sports programs. There are few if any countries in the world that compare to the system we have in the USA. Interscholastic swimming contributes to the success of our USA swimming club system by keeping a new fresh feel and format to swimming.
It differs from club swimming in that the focus is largely around the TEAM successes. Relays come to the limelight, and because of formats simple numbers are also important. I know for High school swimming the numbers can make or break a seasons results. That compliments all abilities coming out to try interscholastic swimming, and helps celebrate the personal achievements of all abilities! That simple difference keeps the talent pool of swimmers in the USA incredibly deep. The USA has club stars that came up through the ranks from as young as 10, and then there are the diamonds in the rough interscholastic swimmers that find their form and shine. I have coached internationally for over 10 years and can say there is no other system that has this happening.
Please know that the coolest part of interscholastic swimming is that ALL abilities can participate, and nearly all can even go on to swim at the collegiate level. Here is the brief progression and options for Interscholastic Swimming:
- High school Swimming & Diving programs: These are short 2 to 3 month seasons that differ during the school year across the USA. Here in Truckee we participate in the NIAA that is part of Nevada and runs from late February to early May annually. All abilities are welcome.
Collegiate System: This ordered by general abilities low to high, please note that at all collegiate levels there will be range of abilities within schools, conferences, and divisions. Almost all abilities, especially if they have High school swimming experience, can find a school, conference, and division to participate in:
1.A Jr College Swimming: There are a select number of Jr. Colleges in the USA mainly California and Florida that offer swimming. I don’t believe scholarships can be offered. These are 2 year programs where athletes can compete 2 out of 3 years total.
- NAIA is the first level of Collegiate Swimming. Click here for NAIA list of schools and information. I know that schools participating in the NAIA have in the past offered scholarships. Generally they are smaller campuses in more rural settings across the USA.
- NCAA Division III. Click here for NCAA Division III list of schools and information. I think that more than 80% of Division III schools are private. Scholarships are not offered for athletics, but they are for academics. There are big range of abilities in Division III. Break out the country into 4 quadrants. West, Central, South, and East and go from there to start the search for a DIII program. More info can be found at http://www.ncaa.com
- NCAA Division II. Go to http://www.ncaa.com for more information. I know that this division does offer sport scholarships. Unlike Division III the Division II athletes tend to be closer in abilities because they are sandwiched between the highly variable Division III and Division I levels.
- NCAA Division I. Go to http://www.ncaa.com for more information. I know that this division does offer sport scholarships. It is important to note that Division I has the largest number of conferences. Not every conference is a powerhouse. Because Division I is the biggest, most conferences in Division I focus on their conference championships and not NCAA Championships. The abilities of Division I swimmers will be wider in difference than Division II, but not as much as Division III or NAIA.
Remember that the most important attribute to swim at any of the scholastic levels is simply perseverance and determination! If you want to try it, it can happen for any swimmer on TTST.