Coaches Corner with Coach Rachel

I was asked by a recruiting website (http://www.scholarshipstats.com/swimming.htm) when I was coaching for a University to answer some common questions about looking for the right University after High School.

Here is my advice:

1. Biggest surprises / misconceptions families have about College swimming?
There is a swimming program for all levels of swimmers. Athletes need to visualize a program that fits both their academic and athletic endeavors. Swimming is a team and individual sport that can offer both athletic and academic scholarships based off of Division, Cumulative High School GPA, standardized testing scores, as well as collegiate conference and NCAA time
standards. All academic and athletic scholarships are not guaranteed for 4-5 years at each institution. Athletes must prove worthy of these standards met to retain financial assistance.

2. Most common mistakes athletes/ families make in high school?
Preparation for college athletics is key in the recruiting process. Athletes need to understand the importance of high school & club swimming to prepare themselves for practice regiments and meet scheduling that is involved in collegiate swimming. Ensure that all steps within the recruiting process are completed in a timely and systematic manner for recruiting to go smoothly and not leave a swimmer overlooked because information is not in place. This involves registering with the NCAA eligibility center and paying fees to ensure admittance to Universities and participation. Keep recruiting sights, NCAA, and institutions up to date with pertinent information such as notify all parties of contact information changes, testing scores, transcripts, and decisions made. Remember to check junk mail folders on emails as sometimes there are bulk mailings or blocked sites that recruits may miss in correspondences with potential coaches and admissions counselors. Most importantly, the potential student-athlete is being recruited, not the parent. Communication and contact should be athlete motivated with parents or guardians having the ability to provide guidance and assistance. Families are typically welcome on visits but the potential student- athlete must have the appropriate fit within the program and make the best decision on choice of placement and comfortability for each athlete in making their college choice.

3. Best steps an athlete can take to enhance their chances of swimming in
college? Start early in the process of filling out recruiting sites for various Universities you may be interested in. Be sure to check NCAA guidelines to make sure you qualify for recruiting options and answer all interested recruiting parties in a timely and honest manner. Coaches will typically ask for best times to talk or text one on one and it should reflect your personal availability. Be committed to spend approximately 20 hours training at the collegiate level both in & out of the pool. Optimize your organizational skills and maintain a disciplined schedule to keep pace with a high academic and practice routine both in your high school and preparing yourself for the collegiate environment. If you have questions about college recruiting, NCAA eligibility, how to find the right school, or just where to start please don’t hesitate to email Coach Rachel. I will be a great resource for you and am full of information for you and your family.

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