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Austin Simpson ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Riverdale Country School
  • Men's Swimming
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Austin Simpson's Men's Swimming Recruiting Profile
Condors Swimming
Prim. Position:
400/500 Free
Sec. Position:
200 Free
400/500 Free SCY
200 Free SCY
800/1000 Free SCY
1500/1650 Free SCY
  • 2021 Highlights

Personal Statement

I have gained a lot of speed this short course season (dropping 25 seconds in my 500 free, 8 seconds in my 200 free, over 2 seconds in my 100 free and 1 second in my 50 free), through perseverance and hard work. But I’m not done -- I am working towards Olympic Trial Cuts this summer.

College Swimming Profile:

Recent Videos (500 FR, 200 FR, 100 FR) (March 2021):

Video in profile -- 2021 Highlights (500 FR (4:29.76); 200 FR (1:40.02); 100 FR (46.43)).

One reason I had so much ground to make up was that I had been slowed by an injury in the fall of 2019, and was just coming back into shape when the pandemic hit in March 2020, meaning that I essentially lost my full sophomore year. Although disappointing, I don’t let adversity get me down -- I am extremely committed to swimming and to my improvement. While I was hurt in late 2019/early 2020, I attended multiple different types of physical therapy, strength training, and doctor visits in order to get back in the pool as quickly as possible. During the pandemic, I committed myself to as much exercise as possible. I exercised nearly every day for the 3+ months we were out of the pool, including not missing a single daily Zoom dry land practice with my team, running (including a marathon challenge -- I ran 1.1 miles an hour for 24 hours straight), and using resistance bands in my neighbor's backyard pool. We got back in the pool in late June 2020. Our coach has worked really hard to find us pool time in a succession of pools, which is great, but these pools are further from my house -- it’s required a lot of travel on my part. I am doing 2 extra morning practices a week, primarily focused on distance/endurance, with college swimmers who are home during the pandemic -- this means I’m traveling 45-60 minutes each way 8 times a week. But it’s gratifying to see the hard work pay off.

Swimming is very much a part of who I am. When I go to practice every day, I am overwhelmed by the love, support, and friendship that has arisen between me and my teammates. Whether it be a practice or at meets, we always strive to have a good time and laugh as much as possible. My friends and I all feel better racing when we are more relaxed, so we make an effort to support each other no matter what. I have no complaints with anyone on my team, and I feel confident enough to say that I am friends, or friendly, with them all. I think that I am a very important member of my team, not only for competitions but also for the social aspect. I believe that my ability to put others in a good mood and help them out with topics that may or may not relate to swimming is important to have when encouraging our team to work well together and create strong bonds.  Similarly, I have great relations with any coach I've had in the past.  Working with my coaches in a constructive and informative way is important to me.

In terms of academics, I strive to balance athletics and schoolwork. I try my hardest in all of my classes and make sure to give my all on all assignments, despite having practices and a huge commitment to swimming.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 2 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 2nd Place
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2020 Condors Swimming (Silver Medal Club)
  • 2019 Condors Swimming (Silver Medal Club)
  • 2018 Condors Swim Club (Bronze Medal Club)
  • 2017 JCC Manhattan Thunderbirds
  • 2016 JCC Manhattan Thunderbirds
  • 2015 JCC Manhattan Thunderbirds
  • 2014 JCC Manhattan Thunderbirds
  • 2013 JCC Manhattan Thunderbirds

Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Jon Hulbert

Additional Sports

  • Other
  • F
  • 1 Year
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Triathlons: Taking my love for swimming, I have begun to train and compete as a triathlete. I have competed in 2 sprint triathlons, each time winning my age group, and finishing 12th out of 103 and 18th out of 109 among all male finishers.



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High School Information

High School:
Riverdale Country School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Current: Pre Calc Honors, Biology II Honors, Chemistry II Honors Past: Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors, Algebra II Honors
AP Classes:
Yes. Riverdale has decided not to offer AP classes so that it can offer a more diversified curriculum. As a result, the honors biology and honors chemistry classes that I am enrolled in during my junior year are Riverdale’s equivalent to an AP class; they are our highest level science classes. Riverdale usually does not allow students to take both honors bio and honors chem in the same year, but I convinced them to allow me to do so. I am also taking the highest level math regularly offered to juniors at Riverdale. As for English and History, in junior year, Riverdale offers an interdisciplinary class called Constructing America. This class combines English and History and is co-taught by teachers from each department. Each student gets one grade which counts double -- for both English and History. Constructing America is well-known for its innovative approach to these topics and also for being very challenging (this class has been reported on in The New York Times).
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Activity
    • Photography
  • Activity
    • Riverdale4Refugees
  • Activity
    • Lisman Labs

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Event 2020 Condors Sw
50M Free 25.86
50Y Free 22.33
100M Free 55.78
100Y Free 48.68
200M Free 2:02.04
200Y Free 1:48.10
400M Free 4:18.36
500Y Free 4:54.46
800M Free 9:00.76
1000Y Free 10:06.19
1500M Free 17:22.34
1650Y Free 17:35.11
200Y Free Relay (Split) 21.9
400Y Free Relay (Split) 48.68
200Y IM 2:07.02
400Y IM 4:30.59


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