Splash - March / April 2011 - (Page 26)
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tHOUsanDs OF HiGH scHOOL swimmeRs embaRK UpOn tHe cOLLeGe RecRUitment jOURneY eacH YeaR. bUt wHat sHOULD tHeY LOOK FOR in an acaDemic anD atHLetic pROGRam – anD wHat aRe tHeiR pROspective cOacHes LOOKinG FOR in tHem?
ach time Rachel Komisarz welcomes a recruit to the University of Louisville campus, she thinks back to her own experience as a high school senior going through the process. “I incorporate my own recruitment by helping recruits prioritize what is important to them,” said Komisarz, an assistant coach for the Cardinals. “I think recruits need to do their homework about a program, and I make sure they have all the answers.” At the same time, Komisarz and her other Louisville coaches have some definitive qualities they look for in someone they wish to welcome into the Cardinals’ fold. “When recruiting an athlete, I look for the whole package: academics, athletic and social,” said Komisarz, a 1999 graduate and seven-time All-American at the University of Kentucky. “I find that athletes who thrive in the classroom usually have their priorities in order and also make great athletes. My advice (to recruits) is not to choose a school because they throw the best party. Choose a university because you can see yourself being successful both in the classroom and pool.” The following are a few tips from coaches as well as collegiate swimmers about what to expect and what to look for as you embark upon your college recruiting experience. wHat DO cOacHes LOOK FOR in atHLetes DURinG RecRUitinG? “When we are talking to interested student-athletes, we are listening for people who are: 1) passionate about who they are and what they do; and 2) driven to find the best in themselves and those around them. It is important to us that we build this team around people who love school, who love swimming, and who love the idea of being a part of a championship team.” – Jessen Book, Kenyon College
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“We are looking for quality human beings first, people with great values who are coachable, teachable and curious to learn and improve. We talk about stroke and technique every day in practice, so they have to be willing to accept that changes can and will be made to help them improve.” – Bill Wadley, Ohio State University
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March / April 2011
Splash - March / April 2011
Swim Briefs/sound Waves
Grand Prix/justin Case
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
Why College Swimming?
So You Want to Swim in College?
2011 NCAA Preview
Top Ten Lists - Long Course Meters
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
On the Ipod
Splash - March / April 2011