September 25, 2018
Interscholastic Swimming News, Progression, & Information
We currently have 8 of TTST's own swimming at the collegiate level for the 2018 - 2019 season! Brittney Straw is a JR at UCSB NCAA Division I, Niki Kates is a JR at Willamette University NCAA Division III, Brandon Yong is a JR at UOP NCAA Division I, Cooper Deryk is a FR at FSU NCAA Division I, Kate Rye is a FR at UNLV NCAA Division I, Grace Bronstone is a FR at Wellesley College NCAA Division III, Megan Burrill is a FR at Illinois Tech NCAA Division III, and Anna Kates is a FR at Lewis and Clark College NCAA Division III. We are very proud of these swimmers and wish them the best of luck this season! We also hope that the culture of wanting to finish TTST and swim at the collegiate levels continues its success.
This is a great time of year to start thinking about interscholastic swimming. We have our current TTST collegiate athletes starting their swimming seasons. We also have upcoming swimmers on TTST setting their goals to swim at the collegiate level when they graduate! Part of our team goal is to show our membership what is possible post club and High School Swimming. 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.
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 offering a new fresh feel and format to swimming.
Interscholastic differs from club swimming in that the focus is largely around team successes rather than individual progression. 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 within a teams' results! That simple difference between interscholastic swimming and club swimming keeps the talent pool of swimmers in the USA incredibly deep. I have coached internationally for over 10 years and can say there is no other system that has this happening.
The best part of interscholastic swimming is that all abilities can participate, and nearly all can even go on to swim at the collegiate level. Here are the brief progression and options for Interscholastic Swimming:
- High school Swimming & Diving programs: These are short 2 to 3 month seasons that differ by school year sport seasons 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 is ordered by general swimming abilities low to high, please note that at all collegiate levels there will be range of abilities within schools, conferences, and divisions. If swimming is a goal, 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 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. Starting in 2018 Division I recruits can start taking their 5 official visit trips after September 1st of their Junior year of High School.
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 most swimmers on TTST.
I will be planning a team event for Senior Team, and National Team swimmers to listen to me, and ask questions about collegiate swimming in October. Dates and locations will be announced.