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I'm a potential recruit for swimming, and I was invited by the coach to go on a recruiting visit next weekend. My times from junior year were around the 2nd fastest times for the team in my best events, so the coach told me she would support my application.
I've been hearing however, that this only helps as much as any other extracurricular. If this is true (is it?), then that would not be very good for me because I competitively swim for 3 hours a day, 6 days a week, and 54 weeks a year, every year since I was five.
That being said, along with other activities I do that I really enjoy (Debate, Math Club, Economics, etc.) and my rigorous school schedule (Scored a 5 on 6 APs total, taking 4 more APs senior year and 1 Post-AP course [Lin. Algebra], maintained a transcript of all A's with 0 A-'s or lower at a very competitive private school in NJ, high rank, etc.), I have pretty much had no time to do heavy extracurriculars in Math/Science. If swimming really is just another extracurricular, would non athletes who show dedication in such clubs/leagues be at an advantage in the admission process?
Oh, and just throwing it out there (lol) - I'm about to finish a first draft of the MIT short answers/essays application part. I'm looking for people to proofread/criticize it.