Swimming Recruiting Timeline

Swimming programs are looking for student athletes who are proactive in improving in the pool and earning good grade. Finding the right program for you will take plenty of research and time. But with hard work in improving your time and exemplary work in the classroom help make you a standout.


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Evaluate your footage and areas you can improve
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on at least 3 unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and in the pool
  • Standouts are proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year, but YOU can contact them
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year

  • Film your swim meets
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Narrow your list of top schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails with the RIGHT college coaches
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits


Junior Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Send coaches a season schedule and invite them to your swim meet
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Don’t rule out the DIII programs
  • If you’re considering NAIA programs, register with the NAIA Eligibility Center
  • Contact coaches once a week
  • DI and high-level DII coaches finish offering scholarships and recruiting beginning of Senior Year
  • If you haven’t heard from DI coaches, consider DII, DIII, NAIA programs
  • DII, DIII and NAIA programs do a lot of their recruiting Senior year and make offers in the Spring
  • DII, DIII and NAIA programs still make offers spring of Senior year


Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • Continue to stay in touch with college coaches
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid FAFSA.ed.gov starting Jan. 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime


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