ASC SWIMMERS IN COLLEGE

Academy Swim Club members currently in competing in college

 

Dear Academy Swim Club Families,

Our team presently has four members competing in college (Taylor Doherty, Kira Parker, Amelia Snyder, and Karly Noetzel).  Karly was able to speak to the Bronze, Silver and Gold groups on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, and answer their questions about what it was like swimming in college. Though there were many questions, one Bronze swimmer asked her to describe a typical day. Karly responded with, “… Wake up at 4:30 am be at practice for 1.5 hours of a weight room work out followed by a 1 hr swim, and then get to breakfast and classes. The afternoon training session begins at 4:30 and we typically get out just before 7 pm. At that point, all 90+ of the Denison Univerisity swimmers and divers are rush up to the dining hall where the chocolate milk dispenser flows nonstop…” Written responses from each of the four student-athletes follows the photographs.

 

Karly Noetzel, ASC 2008-Current, addressing the Bronze, Silver and Gold groups, 11/20/18.

For swimming in college, one of the key things for aspiring swimmers is to create an account on collegeswimming.com and to then be able to explore the “FIT” factor with a team. College coaches are restricted from initiating conversations with prospective student-athletes until July 1, following a prospect's junior year. If a swimmer is interested in a school, they can attempt to reach a coach either in person or via phone. Filling out the team's questionnaire is also a wise move so that the coach has information and can then follow the swimmer's progress on collegeswimming.com.

Here are the written responses from the four ASC college swimmers.

Taylor’s school is The University of San Deigo:   https://usdtoreros.com/roster.aspx?path=wswim

What’s your best memory in regards to swimming college so far?
My favorite memories from swimming at USD are the bus rides to competitions. Our drives are always filled with singing, dancing, and laughing the entire way, whether the ride is 20 minutes or 6 hours. When we arrive at our destination, our coaches give us a motivational speech and then we pile out of the bus, pumped up and ready to swim. These moments always remind me on how fun it is to be a part of a team who enjoys competing as much as they enjoy having fun.

What are you looking forward to the most during the remainder of this season?
I’m looking forward to seeing how well my team does this season. After growing as a team and training intensely for a whole season, I’m excited to see how we might surprise ourselves at our conference championships.

 

What advice to have for any swimmers in ASC (ages 5-17) who are considering swimming in college?
Taylor “My advice for any ASC swimmer aspiring to swim in college is to find the best fit for you as a swimmer, student, and person. There are so many great universities with a huge range of academic programs, campus life, and team dynamic that there’s a perfect fit for everyone, you just need to do some research. Swimming at a university is a huge commitment but worth it in every single way.  

Swimming collegiately earns you a ton of respect from those around you, including other athletes, classmates, teachers, and future employers. I've noticed that a lot of people recognize the type of person it takes to participate in a sport like swimming. Swimming in college is also a great honor because I get to represent my team, the Big Island, and the Academy Swim Club.”

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Karly’s school is Denison University: https://www.denisonbigred.com/sports/wswimdive/index

What’s your best memory in regards to swimming college so far?  

Meeting new teammates from all over the nation and the world along with spending time with them. Also, traveling to other universities for competitions.

What are you looking forward to the most during the remainder of this season?  Getting better every day, every set, and having my teammates and coaches right there with me. Our team philosophy is that we are in control of our effort and how much we succeed, and that the only thing stopping us from improving is ourselves.

What advice to have for any swimmers in ASC (ages 5-17) who are considering swimming in college?

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone to explore options for swimming in college. Keep chasing your goals in swimming and do your best. There’s a place for everyone if you’re willing to give your best effort in practice and in meets.

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Kira’s school  is the University of Vermont: https://uvmathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=wswim

What’s your best memory in regards to swimming college so far?
-My best memory is when the freshman and sophomore classes got together to say goodbye to one of my teammates who was moving back home, and we all sat in my dorm room talking, sharing stories, and enjoying each others company. Although it was sad to say goodbye to our friend, at that moment we were all closer than we had ever been.
What are you looking forward to the most during the remainder of this season?
-I'm looking forward to getting even closer to my teammates while we work to be the best we can be.

What advice to have for any swimmers in ASC (ages 5-17) who are considering swimming in
college?
-Be proactive with your health. When I got to college I quickly realized the amount of
work I needed to put in to get my shoulders healthy. I would recommend starting early with shoulder exercises and general strength exercises to get your body strong and ready to work. One of the athletic trainers told me that "If you don't have a strong foundation it's very hard to build a strong house."
Other things you'd like to share?
Have fun out there! College is the time to take advantage of everything offered while meeting amazing and motivated people. Just be yourself and enjoy life.

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Amelia’s school is the Colorado School of Mines: https://minesathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=wswim

What’s your best memory in regards to swimming college so far?

I would say my best memory of the season doesn’t necessarily have to do with the actual swimming, but with my new team. The very first day arriving to campus, the upperclassmen invited us all to go tubing down the river with them. It was my first chance to make friends and it was so nice to come into college with a group of amazing people!
Swimming wise, my best memory would be from this weekend! We had our first invitational, a three day meet up in grand junction. It was the first time we got to suit up, and the first time I have swam fast since my injury! The training really pays off.

What are you looking forward to the most during the remainder of this season?
I am looking forward to continuing traveling and improving. Christmas break will have mid-season training, which will be extremely difficult but fulfilling! We will be lifting every day and swimming twice a day for a week and a half.  

What advice to have for any swimmers in ASC (ages 5-17) who are considering swimming in
college?
My advice would be to not put too much pressure on themselves and to think first where they would fit as a student and then proceed to look into the athletic program. My coach always tells us “student” comes before “athlete.” Also, swimming in college becomes about more than just improving times, it is more about team spirit and scoring points to win the bigger meets! Having a competitive edge is great, but sportsmanship is extremely important.

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