Swimming is a popular sport of the American collegiate system. Coaches tend to recruit a lot of international swimmers. College swimming is ultra competitive. The standard at the top level is immense with the largest proof of this being 3-Time London 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, Allison Schmitt, being still at the University of Georgia whilst achieving this feat. In college, competitions are in yards, not meters. Competitions are held in 25 yard pools and it is essential that all of your times are converted from 25m/50m pool time to a 25yd equivalent for coaches.
Be between 18 and 24, so we recommend to start the process the year before graduation from high school.
Scholarship for swimming are quite popular, so from a regional to international level, there are scholarships for you.
When to start?
Coaches are starting to recruit people long in advance, so we recommend you start a year before high school graduation
What type of scholarship?
National and international level swimmer have great chances to get the 100% scholarships.
Training and college life
If you decide to start this experience you will train everyday with the team for 3 to 5 hours a day. Based on the division in which you will compete you may practice both in the pool and in the weight room, around 20 hours per week.
Usually schools offer many services to assist you during your season, you will have all you need to perform as your best and beyond. Competition season starts in September and goes until mid-March, when the national championships are held.
Although in your country swimming may be an individual sport, in the US, it is truly a team effort. You will train and compete alongside a big group of teammates, and truly feel a part of a big family. The life of a student-athlete is not only training and studying, you will be part of a team and you will participate in many activities with them, creating bonds which will last forever.
Here’s more information about all divisions
9.9 Scholarships for men per team
14.0 Scholarships for women per team
8.1 Scholarships for men per team
8.1 Scholarships for women per team
8.0 Scholarships for men per team
8.0 Scholarships for women per team
15.0 Scholarships for men per team
15.0 Scholarships for women per team