If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior and you are interested in continuing your swimming career in college, there are some important steps you should be taking NOW.
- Register with Collegeswimming.com. This is a free site that tracks all of the college swimming results. It will also give you all of the contact information you need.
- After registering, you can start looking at different colleges to figure out how your times would compare with the current swimmers on the team. The “How do I fit in” feature will allow you to do this.
- Pick 5 to 10 schools that you think might be a good academic/social fit for you. If your goal times for your senior season also look like they would fit in with the teams, then you might have a nice match.
- Initiate contact with the coach through an email. Introduce yourself, briefly explain your interest, give them some of your top times, and tell them a couple of goals you have for this season.
- Update the coach on your progress approximately once a month during the season so that they know you are still interested in their program.
As you begin this process, you need to remember that it is important to find a school that’s right for you. There are plenty of Olympic trial swimmers who compete at Division III schools. Swimmers that feel they are an important part of the team tend to continue swimming during their whole four years. Those swimmers who feel they are not that important to the program often quit the team after one or two seasons.
Your coaches are happy to help you with this process in any way we can. If you would like some help with this during the off season, please contact Coach Averill. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.