I agree that some coaches turn away swimmers that are better than current team members. One reason that this happens is that each Ivy team is allowed to bring eighteen competitors to the Ivy Championships. Each swimmer counts as one and each diver counts as one-third. Most schools will take sixteen swimmers and six divers or seventeen swimmers and the divers. For this reason, four of five swimmer who are expected to make the Championship team may be more valuable to a coach than ten slightly slower recruits.
Still, there are coaches who overestimate their ability to get the swimmers they want and end up not getting some of the swimmers that they might need. Not surprisingly, many of the swimmers at one team’s Junior Day attend their competitor’s events as well. Coaches, like athletes, sometimes misjudge interest and end up wishing they had made different decisions.
On some teams, over one-half of the team’s season ends with the last dual meet. Although these swimmers don’t go to the Championships, they do compete during the year. At least one team tapers the swimmers who aren’t going to this meet for their final dual meet of the season.