American College Connection

Remembering Nebraska Swimmer Jon Nelson

Jon came from Storm Lake, Iowa as a :54 second hundred freestyler and ended his career as the team captain of one of the best men’s teams in the country.

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I’m a College Swim Parent; Now What Do I Do?

Your child is 18 years old, a graduate from high school and ready to start his/her next chapter hundreds of miles away from you. What do you do now?


How Freshmen College Swimmers Can Deal With Homesickness

Being away from home for the first time is an experience much like the recruiting process. You can go “nuts” or you can make the best of it. It is strictly up to you.


College Recruiting: There is Nothing Magic About July 1

Don’t panic if you have not received a ton of calls on July 1. This is only the first day that D-I coaches are “allowed” to start making calls.


4 College Recruiting Tips for Club Swim Coaches

Here are “four tips” that coaches can help their swimmers with the college recruiting process.

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When is My Club Swim Coach Going to Get Me Recruited?

“Helping swimmers and parents through the recruiting process is a full time job, and you can’t expect your club coach to do everything that is necessary to help you get recruited.”


How to Find a Good College Swim Team

It is pretty easy to find a strong swimming school by looking at the rankings, but what about all of the other schools that are not consistently ranked. How do you determine if a school has a good swim program and if it is headed in the right direction?


Secrets of College Recruiting: Why Race Video Matters

You don’t have to win or even go a best time or have perfect strokes, starts or turns, but you do have to RACE. Coaches want to see you race.

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How to Invite Yourself For a College Recruiting Visit

Contributor, Rick Paine, is a friend and an expert on the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming…


A Reality Check on Grades…Are You Affordable?

“College coaches will look at your times first to see if you can help them and then immediately look at your grades…”


College Recruits Beware, Coaches Review Social Media Accounts

“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.”


DII College Recruiting Rules in Plain English

Nearly every school in the country has a compliance department to help coaches stay compliant with NCAA rules. The NCAA rule book is inches thick and seems to be written by attorneys. Here are the DII Recruiting Rules in plain English.


4 Questions To Ask Prior to Signing Your National Letter of Intent

What questions should swimmers ask before they put their “John Hancock” on the National Letter of Intent?


A Parent’s Role in the College Recruiting Process

Your swimmer is about to make one of the most important decisions of their life, selecting the right college. They need your help now more than ever.