It’s Not Taking A Year Off, It’s Adding A Year To Your Future

Courtesy of SPIRE, a SwimSwam partner.

SPIRE Institute and Academy (IA), a premier sports academy and boarding school in Geneva, Ohio, welcomes post graduate students to further train for their swimming careers and expand their academic and life skills while exploring and pursuing admission to the best colleges and universities.

The Post Graduate Program helps high school graduates to further their athletic and mental development via training and competition, while taking college courses if desired, all in Olympic grade facilities.

As a member of the post graduate family, athletes are challenged to bring their best to ensure success at the college level.

High School Graduates Enjoy the Benefits of SPIRE’s Post Grad Academy Continued Swim Training and Educational Opportunities.

This has been a challenging year for young athletes around the world. Due to the pandemic, many athletes have missed the opportunities to train and compete enough to be noticed by college coaches.


Additionally, graduating seniors are not always ready physically, technically or competitively to excel at their desired level of sport. They may also be looking at spending a year living independently and continuing their academic studies to better prepare themselves for the transition to college life.

It’s important to remember that a post graduate year does not affect a student’s NCAA eligibility. SPIRE post grad students can also choose to take two courses for credit each semester at nearby Kent State-Ashtabula without affecting college eligibility.

Director of College Placement and Planning Jennifer Pruzinsky brings 15 years of work experience within the field of higher education, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She understands that choosing a college is an important and overwhelming time, and she is available to guide all SPIRE post grad swim students through this exciting journey.

A Day in the Life of a SPIRE Post Grad Student

SPIRE’s Post Grad Academy has launched a customized swim training and competition programs, directed by top coaches and industry experts.

SPIRE’s post grad programs allow athletes to finish growing, increase their speed and improve their swimming skills through superior competition and coaching. The post grad staff also understand the importance of training the mind and furthering academic skills.

Student schedules include ample time for both sports training and academic studies. An example of a student’s day may look something like this:

  • 7:00 – 8:15 AM: Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM: Performance
  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Sport Specific Training #1
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM Free time (or online classes)
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM: Sport Specific Training #2

Depending on the individual coach’s periodization, athletes may train once or twice a day. Performance slots can be flexible both throughout the day and during the week, based on the student’s unique needs.

What Can SPIRE’s Post Grad Academy Do for Your Athlete?

Because of the recognized swim training and academic programs, many students find SPIRE’s Post Grad Academy to be the best path to impressing college coaches and increasing scholarship opportunities.

What can SPIRE’s Post Grad Academy do for your swimmer? Download the free admission guide and find out how SPIRE can shape your post grad athlete’s future.


SPIRE Institute & Academy (IA) ( is one of the largest indoor, professional training and competition complexes in the world. With more than 750,000 sq. ft. under roof and a campus of 300 acres, SPIRE has the unique capacity to simultaneously host a world-renowned sports academy, clubs, leagues, tournaments and championship events, no matter the weather or the season. SPIRE Academy and its expert coaches, teachers and performance trainers offer residential camp and academy training programs in basketball, track and field, swimming and now in esports and drone/robotic/AI/emerging tech as well. The comprehensive mix of professional level training integrates athletics and academics, skills training and performance training and personal and career development in ways that has never been done before. High school and post grad athletes on one campus, pursuing specialty passions ranging from basketball to e-gaming, swimming to drone racing, pole vaulting or sprinting to future opportunities like culinary or cultural arts…is a career development experience that you just won’t find anywhere else in the world today.

SPIRE Institute is the epitome of a ‘real world lab’ for professional, technical and health and wellness research. Like never before, student trainees and elite athletes will have the chance to train, study and be studied side-by-side with weekend warriors, wounded Veterans, Paralympians, Olympians and Special Olympians, as well as juniors, collegians and adults of all ages and ability levels. SPIRE is truly a melting pot of all things relative to long-term training and education development, and all of this delivered within a fun, healthy and inspiring environment. The “SPIRE Way’’ focuses on the development of the whole self – building strong minds, strong bodies and strong character.

Courtesy of SPIRE, a SwimSwam partner.

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