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Swimming

College Swimming

 

Swimming at American universities is hugely demanding for international students, as the requirements are much more than most other countries. Foreign swimmers generally train throughout the year for 3 or 4 major gala’s. However, students who compete at the college level will swim at numerous gala’s or “meets”, throughout the year. These meets can happen every week for an entire season, where four to five colleges compete against each other.

Some of the bigger meets you will experience in college, will be your Conference Championships and National Championship, which will occur at the end of the season.

College swimming is very much a team-based sport and coaches will strategically tally up points in search of the National Title. This strategy is foreign to most international swimmers, and students may find themselves swimming in events that may not be their strongest, but it will get more points for the team. The ultimate goal for college coaches is to have their team crowned ” The National Champions”.

​Should your team underperform, all hope is not lost, you can compete at Nationals on an individual basis too, should you swim the qualifying times.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

Swimming Scholarships

 

​Collegiate swimming in the States is vastly competitive, with well over 900 swimming teams in the country. There are three sporting associations in which swimmers can compete in, the NCAA, the NAIA and the NJCAA.

Potential college swimmers are awarded either a full scholarship or a partial scholarship. Full scholarships will cover the athlete’s tuition, housing and meals. Coaches look at a swimmer’s personal best times, video’s of the swimmers technique and biometric data such as height & weight.

Aspiring collegiate swimmers have to maintain their grades as well as improve their personal times, on a regular basis. The higher your grade point average (GPA), the better the chances are of you acquiring a top swimming and academic scholarship.

Swimming Scholarships Times

Aspire Atlantic – Swimming Standards

LONG COURSE METERS
EVENTS
IN ​LCM
DIV 1
DIV 2
DIV 3
50 Free
22.97
23.83
24.98
100 Free
50.41
52.12
53.86
200 Free
1:51.98
1:54.51
1:57.40
400 Free
3:59.45
4:06.87
4:15.24
800 Free
8:17.37
8:34.12
8:51.92
1500 Free
15:55.51
16:34.57
17:06.10
100 Back
55.03
55.91
1:00.12
200 Back
1:59.00
2:04.52
2:13.36
100 Breast
1:01.60
1:03.67
1:07.58
200 Breast
2:14.96
2:17.39
2:29.39
100 Fly
54.53
55.92
58.44
200 Fly
2:01.23
2:04.89
2:12.45
200 IM
2:03.15
2:06.90
2:14.16
400 IM
4:25.38
4:33.25
4:44.99
SHORT COURSE METERS
EVENTS
IN ​SCM
DIV 1
DIV 2
DIV 3
50 Free
22.17
23.03
24.18
100 Free
48.81
50.52
52.26
200 Free
1:47.78
1:51.32
1:54.20
400 Free
3:53.05
4:00.48
4:10.24
800 Free
8:04.57
8:21.32
8:41.49
1500 Free
15:37.13
16:10.57
16:52.02
100 Back
53.64
54.71
58.92
200 Back
1:56.60
2:02.12
2:10.96
100 Breast
59.60
1:01.67
1:05.58
200 Breast
2:10.98
2:14.16
2:25.39
100 Fly
53.14
54.53
57.04
200 Fly
1:58.44
2:02.10
2:09.85
200 IM
1:59.96
2:03.70
2:10.96
400 IM
4:18.99
4:26.86
4:38.59

Aspire Atlantic – Woman’s Swimming Standards

LONG COURSE METERS
EVENTS
IN ​LCM
DIV 1
DIV 2
DIV 3
50 Free
25:50
27.49
27.87
100 Free
56.35
59.44
1:00.86
200 Free
2:01.86
2:09.24
2:12.61
400 Free
4:17.14
4:33.50
4:37.55
800 Free
9:00.62
9:19.78
9:33.86
1500 Free
17:05.30
17:57.46
18:02.20
100 Back
1:02.90
1:04.15
1:06.23
200 Back
2:15.75
2:19.28
2:25.57
100 Breast
1:10.95
1:13.26
1:15.69
200 Breast
2:34.60
2:39.87
2:49.37
100 Fly
1:01.60
1:03.60
1:05.87
200 Fly
2:14.90
2:21.93
2:29.10
200 IM
2:18.00
2:22.71
2:28.59
400 IM
4:53.60
5:06.72
5:18.29
SHORT COURSE METERS
EVENTS
IN SCM
DIV 1
DIV 2
DIV 3
50 Free
24:59
26.69
27.07
100 Free
54:50
57.84
59.26
200 Free
01:58.15
2:06.04
2:09.41
400 Free
04:07.40
04:27.10
4:32.11
800 Free
08:47.83
09:06.99
9:22.61
1500 Free
16:40.57
17:33.46
17:47.35
100 Back
59:73
1:02.95
1:05.03
200 Back
2:12.09
2:16.89
2:23.17
100 Breast
1:08.10
1:11.27
1:13.69
200 Breast
2:28.17
2:35.88
2:45.37
100 Fly
59.41
1:02.20
1:04.47
200 Fly
2:11.31
2:19.13
2:26.50
200 IM
2:12.05
2:19.52
2:25.39
400 IM
4:43.89
5:00.33
5:11.89

Video Recommendations

 

Video footage is an integral part of the college swimming recruitment process, but it is not crucial. All swimmers are recommended to include the following in their videos, but the most important factors are your times. 

 

Freestyle & Backstroke

  • Full Races
  • Film Each Event
  • Start of Race
  • If IM Swimmer, Film Full Race
  • Film from Side
  • ​Underwaters and Flipturns

Butterfly & Breaststroke

  • Full Races
  • Film Each Event
  • Start of Race
  • If you are an IM Swimmer, Film Full Race
  • Film from Side AND Front Angles
  • ​Underwaters and Flipturns

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