Swimming/Diving Scholarship to USA

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College swimming/diving scholarships to the USA are a fantastic way for students across a range of levels to continue to develop whilst studying for a world class degree.  Not only will you have an incredible opportunity in terms of the financial aid package that a college can afford to give you. But you will also have the chance to compete against some of the very best swimmers and divers in the world, within facilities and a support network that is second to none.

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As a high school student athlete approaches their graduation the next step on what to do and where to go is always an extremely tough decision to make, so having this option to study, train, compete and develop is a fantastic pathway for those fortunate enough to be able to pursue it.  

The scholarship opportunities for swimmers and divers varys significantly depending on the students athletic and academic level, with the students who have the stronger balance of the two usually receiving the larger percentage in scholarship funding.   Although there are college programs that look primarily at the students athletic ability, the majority of colleges in America have programs that are looking for a good combination of athletics and academics and the scholarship aid that they offer these students reflects this.

Similar to the other sports that we help with, swimming scholarship to the USA are offered by college coaches that compete within the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. Here we provide you with a brief outline on how many scholarships are available per college team and the approximate times you need in order to achieve one.  

It is also important to note that the scholarship amounts that are available to these swimming and diving programs have to be shared between them, which is the individual colleges decision. This is why some colleges that compete in swimming opt out of diving as they wish to have a larger proportion of scholarship aid to focus on just the one sport.

Mens College Swimming Scholarships

In the NCAA division one mens college swimming/diving programs, there are typically 9.9 full swimming scholarships per team for the coach to spread out amongst the squad, with amounts typically ranging from a full 100% to 25% in financial aid.  

In the NCAA division two there are usually 8.1 full athletic scholarships, the NAIA has 8 and NJCAA can offer 15.  Although with the NJCAA they can only offer scholarships to 25% of the team that are citizens from outside of the USA.

The following are qualifying times (in yards for A standard events) from the recent NCAA Division one Championships that will give you an indication of the high standard in America.  However although these times are very quick, due to the vast amount of colleges and the range in standard from the top to the bottom end amongst the various divisions and associations, it will still be possible to receive scholarship aid if your personal best times do not match the ones listed below.  

So please contact us if you are interested in pursuing this option and one of our Recruitment Advisors will give you a FREE assessment on your chances.

  • 50 Freestyle (19.35)
  • 100 Freestyle (42.46)
  • 200 Freestyle (1:33.61)
  • 500 Freestyle (04:15.7)
  • 1,650 Freestyle (14:15.2)
  • 100 Butterfly (46.04)
  • 200 Butterfly (01:43.0)
  • 100 Backstroke (46.28)
  • 200 Backstoke (01:41.5)
  • 100 Breastroke (46.28)
  • 200 Breastroke (01:54.3)
  • 200 IM (01:44.1)
  • 400 IM (3:43.7)
  • 1 Meter Diving Points (300) - All diving points are when using six optional dives with standard D.D
  • 3 Meter Diving points (320)
  • Platform Diving Points (300)

Womens College Swimming Scholarships

For the womens NCAA Division one swimming/diving programs due to the Title IX rule in college sport, universities often have 14 full athletic scholarships available to spread out amongst its team.

In the NCAA Division two there are typically 8.1, the NAIA has 8 and the NJCAA has 15 athletic scholarships to spread out amongst its squad. Although just like the men, the NJCAA can only offer scholarships to 25% of the team that are citizens from outside of the USA.

The following are qualifying times (in yards for A standard events) from the recent NCAA Division one Championships that will give you an indication of the high standard in America, but please do not be put off if your times 

  • 50 Freestyle (21.93)
  • 100 Freestyle (47.84)
  • 200 Freestyle (1:44.02)
  • 500 Freestyle (4:38.46)
  • 1,650 Freestyle (15:53.38)
  • 100 Butterfly (52.02)
  • 200 Butterfly (1:54.95)
  • 100 Backstroke (52.55)
  • 200 Backstoke (1:53.37)
  • 100 Breastroke (59.65)
  • 200 Breastroke (2:09.25)
  • 200 IM (1:56.13)
  • 400 IM (4:05.65)
  • 1 Meter Diving Points (265) - All diving points are when using six optional dives with standard D.D
  • 3 Meter Diving points (280)
  • Platform Diving Points (225)

As well as the swimming and diving scholarships that are available at colleges, if the student-athlete has good academic grades it may also be possible to receive an academic scholarship as well to help with the families financial commitment.  Please contact one of our Play Atlantic recruitment coordinators if you would like some advice on this area.