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College and Swimming 

Like any other commitment driven extra-curricular activity, swimming for the Dolphins can help a student athlete greatly during their college search as successful academics and athletics generally go hand in hand. Being part of a team such as ours proves goal setting, work ethic, dedication, determination, time management and a desire to succeed. Many Montclair YMCA high school graduates have chosen to continue competitive swimming at their respective colleges. During the junior year in high school, those interested are encouraged to meet with Coach Paulo to start the selection process keeping in mind academic abilities and demographic choices, while exploring competitive swimming opportunities.

In recent years Montclair Y graduates have gone on to swim for: Amherst, Binghamton, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Bryn Mawr, Bucknell, Duke, Fairfield, Florida Atlantic, University of Chicago, Colgate, Columbia, University of Connecticut, Franklin & Marshall, Georgetown, Gettysburg, Goucher, Hamilton, Harvard, Holy Cross, Ithaca, Lafayette, LaSalle, Lehigh, Loyola, Montclair State, NYU, The College of NJ, Notre Dame, University of Miami, UMASS, Northeastern, Providence, Purdue, Rowan, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Scranton, St Peters, Stevens, Syracuse, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, University of Virginia, University of Rhode Island, University of South Carolina, University of Delaware, Union, Villanova University, Wake Forest, Wesleyan, Wheaton, William & Mary, Williams and Yale. Several of our swimmers have received athletic scholarships for swimming.  In addition, a few of our swimmers have gone on to play NCAA sports such as crew and water polo in college with little or no prior experience and others have enjoyed swimming for highly competitive club teams at Division I schools.

Swimming Into College

Every year many swimmers graduate from high school and swim for a university or college. USA Swimming’s Convention Education Committee compiled a list of resources for coaches, athletes & parents on the process of becoming a college swimmer. 

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College Recruiting

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