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Swimming test~

mz16mz16 Registered User Posts: 172 Junior Member
edited August 2009 in Cornell University
I was browsing online and just saw that Cornell freshmen or rather or the ivy freshmen need to take the swimming tesst in the beginning of the year. I know the question sounds kinda silly?
but does anyone know the specific length(50m 200m?)and style (say you can only front-crawl instead of breast-stroking)required in order to pass? thanks.
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Replies to: Swimming test~

  • HansenHansen Registered User Posts: 537 Member
    its been discussed.
    if i remember correctly, you have to do 3 lengths.
    1 on your chest
    2 on your back
    3 of your own choice
  • mz16mz16 Registered User Posts: 172 Junior Member
    does how well one swims get judged or as long as you just swim 3 laps?
  • AmeecheeAmeechee - Posts: 515 Junior Member
    yes, those who don't have good form have to take a remedial swim class and get a 0.5 grade point penalty from their first semester.
  • jrcho88jrcho88 Registered User Posts: 1,021 Senior Member
    it's an Olympic-size pool, 50m length
  • mz16mz16 Registered User Posts: 172 Junior Member
    do we have to do front-crawl?
  • justanotherCCerjustanotherCCer Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    I think they don't want people drowning in the lake or the gorges. Hmm... interesting.
  • HansenHansen Registered User Posts: 537 Member
    i hope ameechee is joking lmao
  • AcerbicAcerbic Registered User Posts: 548 Member
    The .5 grade point penalty doesn’t sound quite right lol it seems kind of illogical to penalize someone for their lack of expertise in something like swimming, that’s why they make you take the class…but then again it could be true…lol
  • norcalguynorcalguy Registered User Posts: 7,548 Senior Member
    Swimming is a skill that Cornell regards highly. If you fail the swim test but pass the beginners swimming class at Cornell you will get 0.4 of that 0.5 GPA deduction right back. You still have a chance to get a 3.9 which isn't too bad.
  • cnp55cnp55 Registered User Posts: 3,769 Senior Member
    Since they offer the swim test during orientation and that's *August* and it's *hot* ... don't worry about it! Go for a little swim, get your first ticket punched towards graduation, and get cooled off!

    My son said it was fun ... wanted to do it again. He went with a bunch of friends/athletes. He knows how to swim (obviously, since he passed) but I wouldn't call him a strong swimmer.
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,988 Senior Member
    Serious question about the swim test:

    My daughter will be going to Cornell next fall and will have to take the swim test. She can swim, but when she takes out her contact lenses to get into the water, she is practically blind. I'm not sure that she will even be able to determine where the edge of the pool is.

    Do you know anybody with bad eyesight who has had to take the swim test? How did they manage?
  • Zimmer07Zimmer07 Registered User Posts: 643 Member
    My d is blind and she swims just fine - she doesn't dive in (duh- wouldn't that be a leap of faith), the ropes help her stay in her lane and she counts her strokes to know when she is near the end of a lap.

    Is this a timed swim test, or just a simple back and forth, push off from the wall, no touching bottom kind of thing?
  • lala56lala56 Registered User Posts: 307 Member
    i usually drown when i swim .... will there be any lifeguards around
  • peace_world_7peace_world_7 Registered User Posts: 75 Junior Member
    lol...this sounds really silly....

    Is this for all students required? or what??
    and what if you drown? I can't swim in deep pools (pools deeper than 5 ft --I know its not deep for a lot of people but I'm short...)
  • NishtDawgNishtDawg Registered User Posts: 329 Member
    if you're scared that youll drown, just dont sign up for it and take the swimming class instead

    from the looks of it, a lot of people will be taking the beginning class
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