Welcome to the home of the OCY Tiger Sharks Swim Team.

We are a coach directed, parent supported YMCA program.

OCY offers a variety of competitive programs that are designed to accommodate children of all age groups and skill levels. At each level, the goals and objectives are specific and directed toward meeting the needs of the swimmer. The long-term goal of total excellence is always in mind. As each child is different, he/she will progress at his/her own rate. The coaching staff recognizes this fact by making team assignments based on a swimmer's physical, mental, and emotional level of development. Contact us using the "Contact Us" button on this webpage.

Our philosophy is "BELIEVE".

To have confidence in the truth.

To trust in yourself and your team.

Only if one BELIEVES in something, can one act purposefully.

The beginning of your Junior year is the best time to start.
This is the last year you will have to better your times to show coaches.
 - I would suggest by the end of your Sophomore year you have a very good idea of your top 5 choices.
You will need to take your SATs and/or ACTs so you have scores available to pass along to coaches.
You will need to speak to your guidance counselor to find out when your GPA and class rank will be available.
Also, you should speak to your coach and see if he has any suggestions or help guide you.
NOTE: BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR SATs AT LEAST ONCE DURING YOUR JUNIOR YEAR BECAUSE COLLEGE COACHES WILL WANT AND NEED THIS INFORMATION.

There are many websites that allow you to sort colleges by specific criteria such as majors, sports, etc. A couple of these are  www.collegeboard.com  where y0u can also register for your SATs and ACTs,  www.princetonreview.com  and www.petersons.com . Most of these sites also contain suggested timelines for the college selection process.

Want to swim in College?
- 2018 & 2019 dates and info 

College Recruiting 101

10 MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK A COLLEGE SWIM COACH DURING RECRUITING

NCAA Recruiting Rules: When Can College Coaches Contact High School Athletes
- links for both Swimmers and parents to register on-line for college coaches to review. 

NCAA GPA Requirements | What GPA do you need to be eligible?

Swimming Scholarships - recruiting site sign-up on College swimming.org 

How to help your athletes during the college recruiting and decision process
- It's for coaches but helpful for parents to understand 

College coaches look for:
1. Academics 
2. Swimming ability or potential to contribute.
3. Desire to complete at team’s National or conference level.
   - look up conference championships and see where swimmer fits (top 16?)

4. Are they a “giver”, a TEAM player?
5. Swimmer makes decision after they visit w/o parents.
6. Level with coach on family funds to supplement swimming aid.
7. Academic aid available, not part of NCAA $ if received w/o athletic influence.
8. Relationship with 1. coach and 2. Swimmers joining them and fresh and sophomores since older people will be gone when swimmer is a responsible leader.
9. Is there a chance for them to make the record board or Top Five list?
10. Coach’s input because they want the swimmer happy and successful.
11. Don’t play down D 2 or D3 if they satisfy!
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Both Division I and Divsion II schools may offer athletic money and have specific academic and SAT requirements.
     You can find these requirements 
www.ncaa.org.
     Divison III does not offer "athletic monies" and has no specific academic and SAT requirements, except of course, what each individual school requires.
 For the official NCAA explanation of the difference between divisions go to    
http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=418.