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Putting Character First

 Welcome to the Orinda Aquatics College Planning Site


Coaches Introductory Letter


The coaching staff of Orinda Aquatics 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 OA graduates have accomplished speaks for itself. For example, of the nineteen seniors graduating in the Class of 2010, 16 will be intercollegiate athletes, and they had an average GPA of 3.8.  That is truly impressive and would certainly rival any club program in the nation. 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 Orinda Aquatics, 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 OA philosophy and long-term process, finding the right college and swim program go hand in hand with the time you have committed as an Orinda Aquatics swimmer.  We wish all of you the very best on this journey and know that we will be with you every step of the way.


    Ronnie and Donnie    



Orinda Aquatics College Success in the News:

July 24, 2019 Orinda Aquatics' Swimmers Path to CollegeBy Jon Kingdon, Lamorinda Weekly

April 2, 2008  The Swimming Path to CollegeBy Jennifer Wake, Lamorinda Weekly


Note from an Orinda Aquatics Alum

"I was contacted by someone who tracks NCAA athletes and pairs them with companies who are looking for graduated athletes. I don't think I've ever appreciated my past as a swimmer so much! Companies are looking to hire disciplined, dedicated, goal-setting, and passionate people who know how to manage their time. Athletes fit the mold perfectly, and I think programs like Orinda Aquatics really build up the character of not only an athlete but a well-rounded individual."   Thanks so much, Katie (OA Alum)