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Swim recruiting questions

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Replies to: Swim recruiting questions

  • MomtothreegirlsMomtothreegirls Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    Suggestions: U Chicago, Wash U in St. Louis, Johns Hopkins, Emory, Tufts (all not too small and not rural). MIT is already on your list. Possibly NYU?
  • MomtothreegirlsMomtothreegirls Registered User Posts: 148 Junior Member
    I would also second the suggestion above to consider Carnegie Mellon, especially with her extracurricular interest in theater/production.
  • GoRedheadGoRedhead Registered User Posts: 180 Junior Member
    If she likes MIT for engineering she'd definitely like RPI for engineering.
    RPI could really put her to use in swimming, I'd suggest looking into their swimming program.
  • SwimDad99SwimDad99 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    I have a son starting at Williams in the fall -- a recruited swimmer. In addition to Williams, we looked at lots of great colleges and universities -- mainly liberal arts colleges, though. We saw and carefully considered Swarthmore, Kenyon, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst, Pomona, CMC, as well as WUSTL, Chicago, and JHU and several Ivies (Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale). His final three were Williams, Dartmouth, and Middlebury. I'd be happy to answer any questions about our visits to any of those terrific schools. Good luck and have fun with the process!
  • wingjuerwingjuer Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    i was wondering if anyone here is interested in being recruited by uchicago swim team? Will coach give an official call in July? I heard they already start offering official trip ? My D is also a swimmer and she has exchanged several emails with the coach but no calls, she is so afraid that coach will not consider her. Any inputs here is appreciated.
  • GrudeMonkGrudeMonk Registered User Posts: 190 Junior Member
    The best way is to be direct with the coach. She should call or send an email and tell the coach that UChicago is at the top of her list of schools (if that is true). She can say she wants to see the campus and ask if she will get an invitation to one of the fall recruiting trips. It's much easier to be invited to one of those trips than to actually be seriously recruited and accepted. It helps to let the coach know she is serious about UChicago. Good luck to her!
  • wingjuerwingjuer Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    Thanks so for your reply
  • BooajoBooajo Registered User Posts: 1,171 Senior Member
    Wash U and U Chicago might fit academically, but they are extremely competitive for swimming. Isn't MIT also?
  • SwimDad99SwimDad99 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    edited August 2017
    WUSTL and Chicago are generally in the same class as Williams and JHU. My son was pursued by all of them. I'd say that MIT is closer to a Brown or Cornell in terms of their recruiting habits. -- they are a bit more selective (i.e., looking for faster swimmers). Until recently, MIT didn't bend much for recruits. That seems to have changed a little in recent years. Just my sense of it.
  • FROMTHESOUTH3FROMTHESOUTH3 Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    Anyone go through the pre-read process? Would be interested to hear other swimmers experience with getting recruited at highly selective D3 schools.
  • WiscohioWiscohio Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Can you give some advice on interaction with coach/team? In my daughter's case, she has received several "open" recruiting type emails - like "here our upcoming campus visit dates so you have them on your calendar" and also "here is our open call line times and number if you want to ask us any questions" but then when she is directly emailing with the coach, the responses are non-committal and very slow - which you can imagine is causing drama and worry. She even called the open call time line and left a message with no call back. These mixed messages are confusing! Any suggestions?
  • WiscohioWiscohio Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    what is this process, for those of us not familiar?
  • SwimDad99SwimDad99 Registered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    @Wiscohio At this stage of the process, it's probably best to avoid being too heavily invested in any one school or coach. You'll definitely learn that some coaches are good at online communication and some are definitely not. And some are good at recruiting and some are not. And there are good programs and bad.

    The fact that coaches are reaching out to your daughter is a great sign. But be sure to go on the offensive, too, and reach out to those schools that you and your daughter like.
  • Hastomen123Hastomen123 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    For a primer on all things regarding college swimming recruiting, see this thread: http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/athletic-recruits/1656109-july-1st-expectations-swimming.html
  • jmtabbjmtabb Registered User Posts: 208 Junior Member
    Thanks all for your input! Finally getting a chance to follow up on this thread. We did wait until this week, after my daughter's local champs meet to get updated, tapered short course times. My kid had the meet of her life, had some incredible drops, and now just 3 days later has started catching the eyes of the college coaches. She's started getting e-mails from schools we hoped would be possibilities for her.

    Of course we know that all of this means very little right now, but it's a little exciting for my daughter to realize that she really is in a position to be swimming in college.

    Goals this week in between the typical holiday doubles are to respond to the coaches that have e-mailed her and to submit recruiting data and send e-mails to the other teams she might be interested in.

    On a side note - we are in the Pacific Northwest. There is a parent here who did a presentation about the college recruiting process, with some information specific to those of us up here (we are a bit of an island with few schools having swim teams, few college coaches watching meets etc.) His presentation is worth the time if you happen to be on a team that has him speak to the parents or if you go to a meet where he's giving his presentation.
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