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Welcome to the Old Dominion Aquatic Club College Planning Site

 

The coaching staff of ODAC could not be more proud of the tremendous academic history of our athletes.  Not only have they embraced character as a dominant theme in their lives, but academics as well.  They are true leaders as student-athletes and role models as individuals. Our swimmers have not only committed themselves to academics at the highest level, but they have achieved this while remaining dedicated and successful year-round athletes.  It has been our ultimate goal that our graduating swimmers not only continue to be athletes at the collegiate level, but that they love the sport of swimming, continue to improve, become leaders on their collegiate teams, and are ultimately better people. What ODAC graduates have accomplished speaks for itself. 

 And our swimmers have unquestionably made an impact in terms of character and leadership at the collegiate level.  We are very proud of all of them.  

 

Because so many of our swimmers have enjoyed their experience at ODAC, they want to continue to enjoy the competition, discipline, and the camaraderie at the college level.  Swimming in college is possible for everyone as there are literally thousands of collegiate swimmers with varying levels of competition and commitment. No matter what level of swimmer you are, there is a potential collegiate program that can be an excellent fit for you. The key is finding a program that meets your own academic, athletic, and personal objectives. While swimming in college does require a serious commitment of time, often collegiate swimmers perform better academically than their peers, because of the personal discipline and time management skills.

 

Our goal for this section of our website is to assist you throughout the process, year by year, as a student and as an athlete. It may seem like a daunting task at first, but if you break it down into steps, parents  and swimmers can actually enjoy the process. Each year, swimmers come to us and are unsure where to begin. This may even occur as late as September of their senior year. While starting late does not mean that you won’t find a great program that “fits”, it is a lot less stressful and more viable options may be available if you start the process early. The key to success is to first define for yourself an academic, athletic, and personal profile: Who are you and what are you looking for.  Like building a puzzle, begin with the corners, and then the borders, and gradually and methodically work your way into the final piece of the puzzle.  We hope that this information will assist you in narrowing down the search and provide you with answers to many of the questions you may have along the way.

 

Again, as a part of the ODAC philosophy and long-term process, finding the right college and swim program go hand in hand with the time you have committed as an ODAC swimmer.  We wish all of you the very best on this journey.            

Getting Organized

Overview:

A College Analogy: Excitement vs. Anxiety

- Don’t “drive” yourself crazy!

  If we told you that when you graduated from high school you were going to get a brand new car (may already be true!) you would most likely be very excited.  But which one; an SUV, a sports car, a sedan, a convertible, an economy car?  The only thing you have to do is first, a little soul searching, and second, a little research.  What is the best fit for you?  Big, small, safe, inexpensive, great sound system, side air bags, two seats, four seats, storage, red, white, lime green, will you be going off-road?  Since you will be driving this car for four to five years with no trade-ins, let’s be sure we find the right one.  So take some time and THINK!  Ask friends, look around, go to websites, order information packets, talk to dealers – be an information sponge!  Since there are so may to choose from let’s come up with a list of about ten that meet your preferences and objectives.  Next rank the cars in terms of best overall “package”. What seems to have the best fit?  What makes sense for you for the next four years?

 Once you rank your cars, you need go from information mode to test-drive mode.  It is time to get serious.  Go to the lot.  Take it for a spin.  Talk to the salespeople.  Ask A LOT of questions.  Once you get to this level of understanding you may begin changing your list.  You may find out that the SUV you had your heart set on gets only ten miles to the gallon (and doesn’t fit the budget).  And do not stop the process just because the first car you drive, you “fall in love with”.  More often than not, it won’t be the car you end up driving.

 Also, please remember, it is your parents that “taught” you how to “drive” and most likely will be paying for this “car”.  Seek their insight and guidance first.  While you may know a great deal, your parents have been driving a lot longer than you and have the objectivity that you may not have.  They probably know you better than you know yourself and more than anyone want to see you in the right car.

 Remember, not too many people that get a new car are unhappy!  So it is with college, the vast majority are happy wherever they end up.  So turn the stress and anxiety into an exciting adventure! Yes, it may be that your first choice is not available, but remember you have nine other cars on the list and hundreds on the lot.  And any one of those is a lot better than no car at all!  Best of luck and drive safely!

 

 
2011 Recruiting Range Time Standards
Examples (SCY):    
       
Women
National
Jr National
Sectional 
50 Fr
22.99
23.39
25.39
100 Fr
50.19
51.09
55.09
200 Fr
1:48.29
1:50.09
1:58.69
500 Fr
4:47.79
4:52.99
5:12.99
100 Bk
55.79
56.19
1:01.09
200 Bk
2:00.09
2:01.19
2:11.59
100 Br
1:03.19
1:04.29
1:09.19
200 Br
2:16.69
2:17.99
2:29.39
100 Fly
54.99
55.59
1:00.49
200 Fly
2:00.69
2:02.49
2:12.59
200 IM
2:01.79
2:03.49
2:13.59
400 IM
4:19.79
4:20.79
4:42.99
 
 
 
 
Men
National
Jr National
Sectional 
50 Fr
20.29
20.89
22.59
100 Fr
44.49
45.89
49.39
200 Fr
1:38.09
1:40.69
1:48.79
500 Fr
4:25.29
4:33.69
4:53.99
100 Bk
49.59
51.39
54.99
200 Bk
1:47.89
1:51.39
1:59.69
100 Br
55.89
57.89
1:01.99
200 Br
2:01.69
2:06.29
2:14.89
100 Fly
48.59
50.29
54.19
200 Fly
1:48.59
1:51.99
2:00.69
200 IM
1:49.69
1:52.79
2:01.59
400 IM
3:58.29
3:59.89
4:20.29

Now...Getting Organized:

 

Develop a Personal Information Filing System:

It is highly recommended that during your high school years, you keep track of your achievements and activities both in and out of the pool. It is amazing how many details we forget over time and yet come fall of your senior year, you will need this information for all of your college applications. Armed with this “log”, you will be prepared to paint a complete picture of yourself as a college applicant and as a team member. In one consolidated folder or in a tabbed binder maintain, at a minimum, the most recent copy of:

  • an unofficial transcript/report card
  • most recent USA Swimming top times report
  • a copy of all College Board/standardized test results
  • major achievements/awards (both academic and athletic) and their description
  • club memberships
  • activities/community service: include dates, hours and descriptions
  • leadership positions and their description
  • employment/internships: include dates, hours and descriptions
  • travels, etc.

 

Clean up your “Facebook”/Social Networking pages/establish your Email Address:

Before initiating contact with coaches, establish a dedicated email address for communication with college admissions/coaches.  This address may actually be a school’s/coach’s first impression of you and needs to make the correct impression. This address needs to be a positive and “professional” reflection of you as a PSA. Additionally, make sure your “Facebook Page” or other social networking sites are “in order” and private. These have become useful tools for college admissions officers, coaches and employers to research their potential students/employees. This may also be a coach’s or potential new teammates’ first impression of you. It is highly likely that as soon as your “host” swimmer learns your name, they will try to familiarize themselves with you via these sites. It is a small swimming world and even though your page is private, swimmers know other swimmers who may be able to get access to your information. Please make your best effort to ensure that there isn’t anything on your page that you wouldn’t want your potential new coach or teammates to see.

 

Organize a College Filing system: Keep records as you research

As you research colleges and their swim teams, we recommend that you begin a filing/folder system for each individual school as navigating the various college and athletic websites is extremely cumbersome. It is often very hard to find the information you are seeking and then to find it again at a later date. To save yourself time and duplication of effort during the application process, as you research schools, take note of or print out for each school:

Admissions:

  • Website address
  • Address
  • Phone Number and Fax Number
  • Deadlines for Applications:  Early Decision, Rolling Decision, Regular Decision, etc
  • Are decisions binding or non-binding?
  • Testing Requirements: Standardized tests and score requirements, number of Subject Tests required, AP Tests
  • Copy of the Application: Common Application, Supplemental Applications, Specific College Applications, Honors Colleges (print out copies if available)
  • Letter of Recommendation Requirements and forms (on-line or mailed?)
  • Essay questions and personal statement requirements (Usually not available until the summer before you apply)
  • High School Course requirements
  • Other

Swim Team:

  • Coaches’ Names and titles, address, email address, phone number and Fax number
  • Coaches’ Background and number of years on the team
  • Athletic questionnaire
  • Athletic Conference
  • Historical Conference Results (list other teams in the Conference)
  • Recruiting information available on their website. Some coaches spell out exactly what is required of a  PSA ie one college may make it clear that they will NOT contact you, it is up to the swimmer to prove to the coach how much they want to swim for them, while others will contact you only if you are a National Level Swimmer, etc. Be familiar with each school’s procedure
  • School colors and school mascot (good for cover letters and conversations with coaches!)