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Frequently-Asked-Questions

News

How do we get news posted?

The fastest way to get news posted on the site is to have Coaches and SID's can create an account.  Creating an account lets you post news articles, host a team blog, edit your team page and more.  Alternatively, press releases can be e-mailed to our News Staff. E-mails to the webmaster will go unanswered.

I'd like to write for you.  How can I do that?

CollegeSwimming.com frequently accepts freelance submissions.  We even pay for some of them.  If you have interest or a story idea, e-mail us at news@collegeswimming.com.

We posted a news article or sent it to you, why isn't it up yet?

There could be multiple reasons for this.  Sometimes our volunteer staff is overwhelmed and doesn't get to them.  Sometimes the articles are not deemed newsworthy for whatever reason.  We do not generally publish articles about "announcements" of schedules, intrasquad meets, individual releases that are better served in broader announcements (Academic All-American, National Team Selections, etc). Sometimes your article has been posted but is buried by a busy news day.  It is also possible that you sent your release to the wrong person.  Releases should be sent to news@collegeswimming.com.  If you sent yours to webmaster@collegeswimming.com it was probably deleted.

How do we get our Twitter / Team Blog on CollegeSwimming.com?

Coaches and SID's can can add blog entries or your Twitter feed to CollegeSwimming.com through their user account.  Twitter feeds are monitored to ensure a balance among teams and ensure that posts are germane to the CollegeSwimming.com audience.

Results / Top Times

How do we get meet results posted to CollegeSwimming.com?

Schools should send Hy-Tek meet manager result files to results@collegeswimming.com.  Result files should include results from ALL participating teams. For inclusion in the USA Swimming top times files should be e-mailed to ncaa@usaswimming.org.

A time/name/school is missing/wrong

Our top times list is constructed from meet result files sent to us by schools.  To get a time added to the list, please submit the Hy-Tek result file to results@collegeswimming.com

Can you produce a top times list or host our meet results for our team or conference?

YES and you can do it for free:
Set up your own custom top times list.
Set up live results.

What type of file do you need?

Here's a link to show you how to create the correct file.

Recruiting Rankings and Profiles

How are recruits ranked? 

That's such a big question we gave it its own page.  You can find an outline of the process at www.collegeswimming.com/recruitstandards/.

I can see my profile but the times are not updated.  How do I do this?

Recruits' times are updated either through meet results submitted by coaches or by the swimmers and parents themselves.  To update your times, register your profile at www.collegeswimming.com/recruitme/.

Why would I want to register with CollegeSwimming.com?

Registering with CollegeSwimming.com is FREE and allows recruits and parents to :
  • Update Their Profile. With an account you can help college coaches discover you and find out how to contact you.  An account enables you to update your times, indicate interests and tell coaches more about you.
  • Access Exclusive News & Advice. Registered users have access to exclusive tips from the nation's top college coaches.  If you have a question about the recruiting process we've probably asked it for you.
  • Search for A Team.  With CollegeSwimming.com's exclusive School Search Tool you can search for a college swim team based on location, size, academics and competitiveness.  
  • Compare Schools Side-by-Side.  CollegeSwimming.com enables you to find detailed information about each schools size, cost, academic standards, graduation rates and more. 
  • Find a Fit.  Wondering how your times stack up on different teams?  With the "How do I Fit" button you can see where your times would rank on each team.
  • Announce Your Decision. Once you've chosen a school you can announce it to the world.  Just click on the "Make a Commitment" button.

Do swimmers and parents really use CollegeSwimming.com?

The best ones do!  Swimmers from all fifty states and over sixty countries use CollegeSwimming.com to help them find the right place to swim.  Over 70% of the top 2,000 high school recruits created a FREE profile on CollegeSwimming.com including nearly two-thirds of all 2012 NCAA Qualifiers.

Do college teams really use CollegeSwimming.com?

The best ones do!  In 2012, CollegeSwimming.com clients won nineteen Division I and four Division III conference championships.  CollegeSwimming.com clients included either the champion or runner-up from the ACC, Big 10, Big East, Big Ten, C-USA, Ivy, MWC, Pac-12, and SEC and in two conferences both the champion AND runner-up teams were clients.


Rankings/Awards

How are teams ranked? 

There are two primary in-season ways of ranking teams.  The first are CollegeSwimming.com's Performance Rankings.  The second is the Coaches' Poll that is administered by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
  • CollegeSwimming.com Rankings - are produced weekly throughout the season.  These rankings are calculated from each team's most recent meet result.   CollegeSwimming.com also publishes the Mid-Major Poll designed to highlight successful programs from non-BCS Conferences.
  • CSCAA Poll - The CSCAA produces a series of polls based on coaches' votes.  These can be found at www.cscaa.org.

What are Mid-Majors?

Mid-Major teams are those programs that are either not affilliated with a BCS conference or offer fewer than 50% of the maximum number of scholarships allowed by the NCAA.  CollegeSwimming.com produces a Mid-Major ranking throughout the season and recognizes Mid-Major All-Americans each April.  To be eligible for the Mid-Major All-American programs swimmers must be ENTERED into the NCAA Championships.  Individual qualifiers are named to the first team while non-qualifiers are designated as Honorable Mention.

How do I nominate our swimmer for Swimmer-of-the-Week?

National and Conference Swimmers of the Week are selected each week.  Selections are made from meet results submitted by Midnight EST each Monday..

How do I nominate someone for Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year

CollegeSwimming.com names two Assistant-Coach-of-the-Year awards.  Awards are made in two categories - Established/Career Assistant and Rising Assistant.  Nomination procedures are published in April.  Candidates are nominated by their head coach and current or past swimmer.


General Inquiries

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