Division 1 is the highest a women’s swimmer can go in terms of college swimming. Many swimmers dream of going to a school where their favorite Olympian is an alumnus. Before deciding on a D1 school to swim, there are variables that need to be considered:
There are 200 women’s Division 1 swimming colleges that span from coast to coast. Scholarships are offered at this level, but certain programs might have less than the maximum 14 scholarships that are allowed by the NCAA. The odds of receiving a full scholarship are low, as most swimmers receive partial scholarships.
The Division 1 level of women’s swimming is the most competitive division out there. NCSA has released power rankings that incorporate other factors beyond just team performance in ranking a school. An overall experience can be impacted by cost, as well as aid offered and other lifestyle variables.
NCAA rankings are also available and are based solely on performance, which counts points scored as well as in-season meet results. During the regular season, rankings can shift due to dual meets won or lost against a ranked school.