Hi all, hoping to get some feedback from those that have traveled this path before us. My daughter, 16 is a competitive swimmer, has recently had some nice drops in her times and has decided that college swimming is now "on the table". Until recently she was thinking she'd be perfectly happy with a rec team so we're now diving into the whole college recruiting thing.
She's a rising junior, and her drops happened at the last short course meet of the season last spring - at a meet where she only swam relays and her one qualified entry. Her relay times registered big drops too, but they aren't "official" times since she was not the first off the block.
Her long course times are also registering drops that mimic the short course times she had, but aren't quite as impressive - this is a kid that works the walls _really_ well and short course is really her thing.
So, the question is, does she start contacting coaches now, with her current times, or wait until the fall when she'll start swimming short course meets again and should have improved times in a few more events? She's a top student (4.0 GPA unweighted, top test scores) but even with her recent drops probably a D3 swimmer. The one identified school that seems to meet both her academic and swimming goals right now is MIT - which of course is far from a sure thing regardless of grades.
Thanks for your insight! We're out of our element with college sports.