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Follow up...

After reading my post, I wanted to make sure it was clear that I was not saying that who we have signed in the last few years were guys who didn't have potential, that is not the case... .we have. But the fact that we are continuing to get the same caliber recruits after the coaching change, and guys who do show a bit more versatility and recent progress is a good sign.

Also, with the way the swimming world works as opposed to football or basketball, or even baseball... is that we have a certain pool of high schoolers we can even consider because of academic requirements. No offense to David Walters, but he is one I specifically remember that we had ZERO shot at recruiting because of academics and didn't even try. That is an extreme case scenario, but still.

Until NCSU had their recent success, we never competed with them for recruits, and not because of swimming, but because of academics. To be honest, in theory we still should not be going after the same recruits assuming each recruit wants the best combination of swimming AND academics. I know that is not always the case, which is why I said in theory.

We should be more worried about competing for the same recruits as Michigan, Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and (with their new found success in swimming now) Duke. Cal I know should be on the list, but they are a top 2 program and on the men's side and #1 as a combination of swimming and academics, hands down. Obviously each of those schools has their own thing going for it, most notably their location. UVA is behind Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and Duke in academics (If we are being honest and realistic here.. even if just basing it on perception and reputation) and on par with Michigan. In terms of swimming programs, we are currently behind Stanford (who has been trending downward) and Michigan (trending down as well), and slightly ahead of Duke (trending up) Princeton and Harvard.

Another issue that can't be overlooked are the recent "events" that have happened at UVA and in the Charlottesville community. I know it is completely out of the control of the coach, swimmers, school, alumni, etc. but put yourself in the shoes of a HS seniors mom's shoes... after what happened the other week in Cville, would you feel 100% confident and comfortable sending your child so many hours and miles away where something like that JUST happened? I am also sure that football players mothers are doing the same thing with sending their babies to a school in Florida and Miami, UCF, USF, FIU, and others are taking a recruiting hit.

SO... I consider all of this very positive that we are getting quality (albeit not the top tier 5 star recruits) to commit to joining our team. Hell, how many McDonald's All-Americans are on the basketball team?

(In response to this post by SipSip)

Posted: 09/22/2017 at 12:48PM


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Oliver Rus (Fairfield CT) - swim commit -- Stimp 09/22/2017 08:38AM
  Please tell me that 200 free is a typo..... ** -- DurhamCav 09/22/2017 09:18AM
  Best time is 1:48 -- PWillis52 09/22/2017 1:43PM
  Yep. Clearly a non-taper meet -- PWillis52 09/25/2017 4:28PM
  Another - Connor Killion (Huntingdon Valley, PA) -- Stimp 09/22/2017 08:43AM
  Couple of questions, Stimp... -- Slider 09/22/2017 08:59AM
  I can answer most of that... -- SipSip 09/22/2017 12:17PM
  That's certainly true for males -- LeadingEdge 09/22/2017 8:03PM
  Grender could have been top 16 in the mile -- PWillis52 09/22/2017 1:55PM
  Follow up... -- SipSip 09/22/2017 12:48PM
  Thanks SipSip. ** -- Slider 09/22/2017 12:22PM

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