<p>Since you are a senior, many application deadlines have passed. There are several colleges that have March 1 deadlines with swim teams that would probably love to have you. Breaking a minute in the 100 back and under 50 seconds in the 100 free are good times for less competitive teams and some schools would love to have you. Look at the smaller liberal arts colleges such as Washington College in Maryland (March 1st deadline) and Elizabethtown in PA (March 1st deadline). These are two that came to my mind first but I am sure there are even more schools who could use you on their team! Start researching, contact the coaches to let them know you are applying and get those applications in soon!</p>
<p>There is another alternative–actually very common in the UK and starting to become more common in the US–do a gap year. Don’t rush to apply just so you have somewhere to go because you started late. You can work, study, even practice and swim (although you really need to check NCAA rules as to for whom you can swim during the gap year w/o putting a year of eligibility in jeopardy…).
With every acceptance packet from Harvard is an essay by the deans of admission about gap years and the research on the student who return–bottom line, they are happier and do better academically and socially than those who go straight through.</p>
<p>Now for almost everyone in this part of CC, the option of a Gap Year is impossible–just imaging the dialogue with the coach after the acceptance came and the student/athlete recruit proposes taking a gap year–not pretty (!)–but for you, it can be an option to consider.</p>