My son is HS class of 21, and is a D2/D3 level competitive swimmer. He turned down athletic offers from several schools in an attempt to get into his dream school. He was first deferred in EA and rejected during RA. He has been accepted in several safety schools, some of them have given him good scholarships. However, none of schools he was accepted has a swim program, or an open spot on their competitive team. He is devastated at this point, as he wants to continue swimming in college. So, now he is thinking to take a gap year and reapplying next year.
He has a 4.0 unweighted GPA and 4.32 weighted GPA (up to 1st semester of Sr. year). He is also a full IB diploma candidate. He only took SAT during the Jr year without any studying and scored 1460. He was planning to retake it in the summer after Jr year. However, he did not get any opportunity to retake it due to the pandemic. He is planning to retake SAT and subject tests if he decides to reapply next year.
I would like to get pros and cons of the gap year approach. I have also heard the top schools do not like to admit students after they take a gap year.
1, What are his chances to get into his dream school as an athlete after a gap year?
2, Can coaches offer roster spots again to someone who will reapply to the school?
3, Also, what are his chances to transfer to a top school as an athlete if he chooses to attend one of the schools that he is accepted at?