HELP! where to swim?

<p>I am currently a senior, I have not been recruited by any schools mainly because of my times and i have a very short history with swimming.</p>

<p>I have only been swimming for a year, my best times follow:</p>

<p>49.78 100 free SCY
23.01 50 free SCY
58.76 100 fly SCY
58.98 100 back SCY</p>

<p>What school (academically focused) would I be able to swim at?</p>

<p>You can surely find this out online or ask your swim coach .</p>

<p>Look at the posted times for these events on the team web site at schools you are interested in. Most competitive schools are looking at 50 free times under 21 seconds.</p>

<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>Also check out Lebanon Valley College in PA and the College of St Rose in Albany, NY - both have March 1st deadlines…and swim teams</p>

<p>One more - Susquehanna has a strong swim team and a March 1st application deadline.
Hope this helps you get started</p>

<p>What about davidson college in north Carolina?</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>

<p>Just a thought…</p>