Splash - March/April 2013 - (Page 34)

THE PERFECT Editor’s Note: The following article was published in the March-April 2009 issue of Splash. We received an overwhelmingly positive response to the article when it was originally printed, and have fielded numerous requests for re-printing this information since then. We feel the information provided is a valuable resource for swimmers looking to find the right fit in a college swimming program, no matter what level. By Kelsey Savage Hays FIT F DAnA voLLMeR 34 SPLASH • March/April 2013 or many graduates, receiving a high school diploma doesn’t diminish their desire to swim. They are just as passionate in the water after graduating as they were when they first jumped in a pool. For such athletes, college swimming is the perfect fit. In college, student-athletes can continue to progress in their sport, compete in state-of-the-art facilities, create lifelong friends and potentially get help paying for their education. College competitors get the thrill of stepping up to the blocks at conference championships, the honor of watching schoolmates fill the stands and the friendship of a whole team. Of course, the advantages also go hand-in-hand with 20 hours of grueling workouts a week, exhausting trips to away meets, double dual meet weekends and entertaining recruits in sparse spare time – all while maintaining a strong GPA in at least 12 academic hours a week. As head coach of Kennesaw Tidal Wave and former Clemson assistant coach Jim McGuinness points out, “college swimmers can’t just skip workouts if they don’t feel like attending.” For those not yet ready to give up the morning practices, or with goals still to be met, there’s probably a place in collegiate swimming for you. It just takes a little research and persistence to find the right college. Collegiate athletics are divided into two associations: the more prominent NCAA, and the NAIA, which started in 1937 and contains smaller schools with fewer recruiting restrictions. In addition, there’s also the NJCAA, which governs sports in junior and two-year colleges and offers some athletic money. Based on school size and scholarship allowance, the NCAA divides further into Division I, II or III. Division I programs allow 14 full scholarships for women and 9.9 for men. Division II schools can give out 8.1 full scholarships for both sexes, and Division III universities don’t provide athletic scholarships. Of course, not all colleges in Division I and II have enough funding to give out the maximum number of scholarships. Hundreds of schools with swimming programs stretch across these segmentations, all looking for strong, passionate competitors. EZRA ShAW/GETTY IMAGES

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013

Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Training With
Keys to Success
Your Photo
Athletic Foodie
Book Reviews
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Interactive
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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