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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
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,
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2013
Splash - March/April 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength & Conditioning
Keys to Success
NCAA Championships Preview
Hanging With Schmitty
The Perfect Fit
2012 Top Ten Lists - LCM
Swim Nut Zeke
Best Race Ever
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
Splash - March/April 2013