Student Athletes

When do I Start the College Recruiting Process?

By Rick Paine

This is a question that every swimmer who wants to swim in college is faced with. Too many times swimmers and their parents don’t consider this question early enough and lose a great number of options for colleges because they waited too long.Being a former Division I Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for 17 years I can tell you that I always tried to identify talent at an early age (13 to 14 year olds for girls and 14 to 15 year olds for boys).American College Connection surveyed hundreds of college swim coaches to find out when they start...

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How to Separate Yourself from the Thousands of Recruits Out There

By Rick Paine

The odds of getting recruited and swimming in college are pretty slim. It has been estimated there are well over 40,000 high school senior girls and over 35,000 senior boys who want to swim in college every year. This is counting high school, club and international swimmers and the number of international swimmers wanting to come to the states is rising dramatically every year.If you want to swim in college, you have to work at it. Don’t expect the coaches to come to you. Here is the typical college coach’s evening during the recruiting season. They work all day, then...

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Fueling for Success

By Rick Paine

Competitive swimming is certainly one of the most physically demanding sports there is. Just ask a football player to try one of your workouts. I know tons of swimmers who train their tails off, go to practice at 5:30 in the morning, train on Saturday and Sundays, compete in meets that take all weekend and are totally dedicated to being great swimmers. A vast majority of these highly motivated athletes forget one of the most important aspects of conditioning………….keeping your gas tank full! You have been told hundreds of times what to eat, but do you know why and when?...

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COLLEGE RECRUITS BEWARE!!!!, Coaches review social media accounts......

By Rick Paine

"Coaches and schools are investing a lot of money in a recruit's education. You can bet that they are going to get to know everything they can about the person they want to recruit." Social media has expanded our ability to get information on anyone at any time. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. Rest assured that college coaches are learning about potential recruits by checking their facebook pages.This can be a good thing or a bad thing for recruits. I recently sent a young lady’s info and video to quite a few college coaches. She is very talented and an...

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When is my club swim coach going to get me recruited?

By Rick Paine

Your club coach plays a very important role in getting you recruited. They coach you in the pool to help you get fast enough to get recruited. Without them you would not have the opportunity to swim in college.How much more can you expect from them?In my 30 year coaching career I coached at the club level for all 30 years (Houston Swim Club, Colorado Springs Swim Team and Nebraska Aquatics) and spent 17 years as a college coach and recruiting coordinator (University of Nebraska). I also had a son, Alex who was recruited to swim in college and I...

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A Reality Check on Grades...Are You Affordable?

By Rick Paine

I know this may be hard for some of you to admit, but mom and dad were right.........................Grades Do Count  College coaches will look at your times first to see if you can help them and then immediately look at your grades. Recruits with good times and good grades are much more affordable than a recruit with just good times. Coaches like to help recruits get academic scholarships first then fill in with athletic scholarships. It obviously makes their swimming money stretch farther. All College coaches look for student-athletes who have at least a 3.5 GPA. A lot of college coaches...

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Manners in the First Degree

By Lori Payne

The old saying, "first impressions" could not be more true when you have your first contact with your potential college swim coach.This is a formal interview; your tone, demeanor, interest in their school and manners, must be positive and well spoken.  This is all indicative of their first impression of you swimming and studying at their school.Below are some examples:Phone Etiquette/First Contact:“Hello Coach Gary, How are you?”, BE ENGAGING and  EXCITED to speak to the coach. Find some commonality, like dogs, or travel, sports, ie..., “Did you see those Dolphins?”, to a S FL coach...learn about the coach before you...

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