Things to Know About Swimming Recruiting

Finding a college swimming scholarship can be a difficult process. Swimming is available at far fewer colleges than sports like basketball or football, and budgets for men’s swimming are smaller. That’s why learning exactly how the swimming recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.


When does the swimming recruiting process start?

1. The swimming recruiting process starts in middle school. The competition for swimming scholarships is extremely high. There are less than 500 collegiate men’s swimming programs. That may sound like a lot, but consider that there are nearly 1,800 colleges that offer men’s basketball, and it’s easy to see why schools are selective and why recruiting for swimming starts early.


How do I get discovered?

2. Third-party evaluations from a trusted neutral source like NCSA as well as by posting your times with NCSA. You can introduce yourself to prospective swimming coaches with a simple email. Learn facts about the college and coach you’re getting in contact with so that you sound informed. Once they know that you are interested, swimming coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA.


How do coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best swimming recruiting tool. Swim times are the most important factor in college swimming recruiting. NCSA provides easy access to your swim times, your high school resume, and any swimming videos that you want to show. Showing your skills on the Internet makes the recruiting process easier for both you and the swimming coaches you want to impress.


Where am I qualified to swim?

4. Just over 2% of the nearly 132,000 student athletes that participate in high school swimming will compete at the Division I level. The majority of college men’s swimmers aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. Nearly 70% of the college men’s swimming programs are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and can tell you what level you are best suited for and where you’re likely to find the most success.


What is my coach’s role?

5. Your swim coach can help with your development in the pool, but getting a swimming scholarship is your responsibility. Your high school or club swimming coach likely has too many responsibilities to be able to dedicate the time that the swimming recruiting process requires. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team trying to earn a swimming scholarship and having your coach manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is just too much to ask.


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