2016 Signing Day: The SwimSwam Index of Class of 2017 Commitments

And we’re off to the races. The Early Signing Period for the high school class of 2017 opened today at 7:00 am, wherever a “prospective student athlete” resides. As we explained here, the weeklong Early Signing Period stretches, this year, from November 9, 2016 to November 16, 2016. Beginning today, athletes in many NCAA sports –among them swimming and diving– are invited to sign the National Letter of Intent (NLI), the agreement between the college and the prospective student-athlete whereby the institution promises an athletic scholarship and the athlete promises to attend the school.

Signing Day is a big deal for the student-athlete; it rewards him or her for years and years of hard work. It is also a big deal for the collegiate sport of swimming and diving, which is put on center stage across the country with all the other sports offering NLIs to high school athletes.

At SwimSwam, we get just as excited about “our” athletes signing their NLIs as you do. We love to see how many different schools provide opportunities for swimmers and divers of all levels. As of 8:00 am on Signing Day (athletes are not allowed to sign NLIs before 7:00 am in their home time zones), we have written commitment articles on 720+ swimmers and divers. And we have another 40 or so in the works! Our articles, when viewed in aggregate, tell the story of swimming at the collegiate level in the United States. They tell where the athletes are coming from, where they’re going, where they’re needed, and whose footsteps they’re following.

We’ve written about some really big hitters (https://swimswam.com/see-swimswams-top-20-hs-girls-recruits-2017-committed/  and  https://swimswam.com/see-swimswams-top-20-hs-boys-recruits-2017-committed/) as well as swimmers joining brand-new programs (e.g., Oklahoma Christian University). In the spreadsheet below, you can follow along by sorting by conference, by college, by state, by high school, by LSC… however you would like to view the trends. We’ll update this list as we continue to wrap up more recruits, so bookmark this page, and keep refreshing it over the next week.

Hint: Click on “View full-size workbook in the lower right-hand corner to see all columns at once. Click the button at the top of each column to filter or sort.


If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected]

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Another Swim Mom
4 years ago

Please include Michelle Martin @ Fordham

4 years ago

would like to be able to read all the signees but not given the option

On Fleek
4 years ago

Don’t see Robin Neumann [NED] or Natalie Tuck [PASA] on this list for the Cal women, as of 11/10?

The Golden Bears had signed up 7 swimmers & 3 divers for the class.


4 years ago

Please add Emily Dolloff-Holt who has signed with the University of New Hampshire.

4 years ago

How do you find the divers?

4 years ago

What gives with USC Men’s recruiting? Trenton Julian, whose father Jefff is a USC assistant and whose mother Kristine Quance was an All American at USC, signs with Cal.

4 years ago

How long will it take for the index to be complete? It has been several days since I sent in a report and was curious when I could see the commitment in the index.

Reply to  sprinter
4 years ago

sprinter – we’re adding them to the Index as articles are being published – we still have a backlog of over 100 articles to work on, so thanks for your patience!

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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