There is often a misconception in the college search process
that if you are not recruited or have not been offered a
scholarship you must not be very good. That view is completely
false. The fact is that most colleges just do not have the finances
available to offer every good swimmer a scholarship. Another fact
is that most colleges do not find out a student-athlete is
interested in their program until that student has made
Many families assume that colleges are going to call them first.
The reality is that most collegiate swimming programs do not have
the manpower to search for athletes. Most coaches rely on meet
results from large meets such as Sectionals or High School State,
prospective student questionnaires, and through professional
recruiters (not sports agents) whom a student-athletes pay a fee to
have them send information to schools about them.
With the scholarship limits that are imposed by the NCAA, most
college coaches are going to be looking at a students academic
ability. The vast majority of swimming student athletes receive
financial aid through academic related scholarships, grants and
student loans, not through athletic scholarships.