My daughter, a junior, is a swimmer. She made it to states as a freshman and sophomore, and would be a major addition to most D3 programs. However, she does not have a junior national cut. We do not expect her to be at Likely Letter status for Ivies - she has had some shoulder pain and is not training as many doubles this year. She is fast enough that she would definitely make the team if admitted on her own though.
She has taken the hardest course load her school will allow and has 3.95 u.w. and high SAT's. Likely merit scholar finalist. No other major EC's.
She would really like to go to Brown or Colombia or Penn. We are also having her look at Swarthmore, Wash U, Tufts, and Wellesley.
When should we start emailing coaches? and what do we say?
Should she plan to apply ED to Brown even without coach's help, or would she be wasting an opportunity to get coach's help at a school like Swarthmore or Wash U?
I feel like I have no guidance in this process, so I appreciate any help that you can give us. Thank you.