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          Last Updated: May 15, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Swimming in College

  1. Ten Things You Should Know About College Swimming *IMPORTANT*
  2. Work on your 50's & 100's. Even if you are not a sprinter, or you specialize in strokes other than freestyle, fast 50 & 100 freestyle times tell coaches that you are an asset to their relays - which are critical to team success.
  3. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Assocation) is by far the largest college sports organization. Division I & II schools are permitted to offer athletic scholarships with DI schools able to offer the most (NOTE: Some schools - notably Ivy League schools - are NCAA DI, but do not offer athletic scholarships)
  4. While a much smaller organization, many NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) schools can and do offer athletic scholarships.
  5. Swimmers interested in competing at the NCAA Division I or II levels should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the start of their Sophomore year in high school - or the NAIA Eligibility Center for those interested in NAIA schools.
  6. College Swimming is an excellent site for swimmers to get noticed and see what times they need to achieve to swim for their schools of interest. Athletes registering their accounts here can share their profile with coaches at perspective schools.
  7. Creating profiles on sites (such as NCSA.org and BeRecruited.com) can aid athletes in getting noticed, however, swimmers who want to compete in college should be proactive in contacting the coaching staff at their schools of interest.
  8. Questions to ask potential college coaches
  9. Lastly, the *athlete* must be the one making contact - not the parents. When the parents are the ones taking the initiative, it will be perceived that college swimming is something the parent desires and not the athlete. See our Parent's page for more information on how you can help your child achieve their best!