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Rykno
July 20th, 2009, 05:19 AM
I know that this is a touchy topic for some, but I wanted some help from those that know.

we have a 16yr old on our team, most of his times can be seen here
http://www.swimrankings.net/index.php?page=athleteDetail&athleteId=4444934

not all of his results are posted, because not all meets send the results to the site. The times from this past weekend are not up yet.

He's a butterfly specialist that can swim free and IM.

LCM times from this past week

100fly :56.24
200fly 2:06.61
100 free 53:95
200 free 1:56.38
400 free 4:05.49
400 IM 4:49.25

anyways, I was wondering what types of schools or conferences would be interested in a swimmer like him.

He's got 3 more years of HS and has has signicant time drops the past two years in the 200 fly. from 2:18 in 2007 to 2:12 in 2008 to this past weekend 2:06.61.

Knightswimmer2
July 20th, 2009, 09:59 AM
Well if he continues to improve like he is now...Most major players in the NCAA he should/could have a shot at. At this time I would say easily any Mid Major program in the US, he could even be a fit for some of the bigger conferences right now. I guess the major question would be how he can handle short course swimming.

I would say that you should start looking at conference results from around the country and see where he would score, not score, what teams lack depth in his strong events. He still has a ways to go in hs, but its never too early to start narrowing down choices. But as always education comes first, atleast thats what they tell me! :angel:

hofffam
July 20th, 2009, 12:58 PM
His times are excellent for a high school freshman.

His 100 free converts to a 46 SCY while his 100 fly converts to a high 48.

I think in the US most Division 1 coaches are interested in swimmers that have Jr. Nationals cuts or better. This kid is close as a freshman.

So if he continues to improve I think many Div 1 schools would be interested including elite programs.

Rykno
July 21st, 2009, 06:42 AM
thanks for the feedback! When is it that most colleges like to know who is coming the following year. is it winter or spring? I ask because we usually have our seniour short course nats in Nov and the junior scm nats in feb.

his short course times are at the same level of his long course times. he's average off the blocks. this past meet I saw his reaction times and they were around mostly betwen .72-.76. and he's long and fast off the walls.

I know his parents are really interested in his options. college tuition in sweden is free, but the experience of living in the US for 4 yrs is inviting.

The kids just started there 3 weeks summer break from swimming, and we'll have a new headcoach with NCAA swimming experience, so I am sure she will have lots to talk about with him in the coming 2-3 yrs.

Knightswimmer2
July 21st, 2009, 09:50 AM
thanks for the feedback! When is it that most colleges like to know who is coming the following year. is it winter or spring? I ask because we usually have our seniour short course nats in Nov and the junior scm nats in feb.

his short course times are at the same level of his long course times. he's average off the blocks. this past meet I saw his reaction times and they were around mostly betwen .72-.76. and he's long and fast off the walls.

I know his parents are really interested in his options. college tuition in sweden is free, but the experience of living in the US for 4 yrs is inviting.

The kids just started there 3 weeks summer break from swimming, and we'll have a new headcoach with NCAA swimming experience, so I am sure she will have lots to talk about with him in the coming 2-3 yrs.


Coaches like to know earlier what students they are bringing in. Im not sure how the rules plays out for international students, but my college liked to sign kids in the first signing period which was right around october november if I remember correctly. Its not a huge problem if he doesnt sign in the first signing period, but it kind of secures more money. As the season goes on, they get more verbal commitments, less money available. But with his times now, Im pretty sure as soon as coaches are allowed to contact him he won't have many problems getting offers.

hofffam
July 22nd, 2009, 12:23 PM
There are many here with actual college swimming experience. My experience is as a parent.

Keep in mind that the recruitment process for international students is at least slightly more time consuming. I believe most schools will require passing an English proficiency test. Also -the scholarship may not be a full one. Division 1 schools only have 9.9 scholarships for the entire men's swimming and diving team. Most Div 1 teams allocate scholarships in fractions across their roster of 24-30 (including divers).

Lump
July 22nd, 2009, 01:46 PM
Having swam at a SEC school I would say those times as a freshman in HS are pretty damn good. I'd say if he continues to improve, has decent grades and SAT, and is of good personal character then he'll have his pick of a pretty good list.:applaud: