Things to Know About Swimming Recruiting

Finding a college swimming scholarship can be difficult. Swimming is available at a limited number of colleges, and budgets for women’s swimming can be smaller than in other sports. That’s why learning exactly how the women’s swimming recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.


When does the women’s swimming recruiting process start?

1. The women’s swimming recruiting process starts in middle school. The competition for swimming scholarships is extremely high. There are less than 600 collegiate women’s swimming programs. That may sound like a lot, but consider that there are nearly 1,800 colleges that offer basketball, and it’s easy to see why schools are selective and why recruiting for women’s 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. A simple email is a good way to introduce yourself to college women’s swimming coaches. Learn facts about the college and swim coach so that your email sounds informed. Once they know that you are interested, women’s swimming coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA.


How do college swim coaches evaluate prospects?

3. The Internet is your best women’s swimming recruiting tool. Swim times are the most important factor in college women’s 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 recruiting easier for both you and the women’s swimming coaches you want to impress.


Where am I qualified to swim?

4. Just over 3% of the nearly 160,000 student athletes that participate in high school swimming will compete at the Division I level. The majority of college women’s swimmers aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. Nearly 65% of the women’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 at exactly what level you’re likely to find the most success.


What is my swimming 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 is likely too busy to be able to dedicate the time that the women’s swimming recruiting process requires. You may not be the only one on your team trying to earn a women’s swimming scholarship. Having your coach manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is just too much to ask.


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