How good do you have to be to swim in college?
“Am I good enough to compete at the college level?” is a question most student-athletes wonder as they begin to think about their future as a swimmer.
NCSA’s college swimming times provide clarity for those wanting to compete in women’s college swimming at various levels. Remember that while coaches primarily look at a swimmer’s event times, they also may evaluate things like height, hand or foot size or swimming technique to understand the potential maximum performance of a swimmer. Are there seasonal swimming camps?
College swimming times needed: What times do I need?
The best thing that student-athletes can do is be realistic about what type of swimming program is the best fit for them. A swimmer who only has Sectional Meet cuts likely won’t be heading to an elite swimming school on a full scholarship. College swimming times required to compete differ depending on division level. Swimmers who don’t have times fast enough for top tier D1 programs could still be a big contributor on a D2 or D3 swimming roster.
This swimming times chart below has been compiled to help swimming recruits see how they stack up across all division levels.
Women’s college swimming times for scholarships
When reviewing your own swimming times, it’s important to remember there is no minimum time that guarantees you will get a scholarship.
The best way that swimmers can improve their odds of getting a scholarship is to look for programs where they can contribute points to the team. When it comes to divvying up scholarship money, college coaches want to maximize their budgets by awarding scholarships to swimmers who will contribute to the team’s overall success at the conference and national levels. This can be a shift in mind-set for student-athletes, who during their high school careers have been focused on their individual performance.
This swimming times chart will guide you generally in determining at what level may be the best fit.