NCAA Transfer Portal Window Closing for Women’s Swimming

by Riley Overend 8

April 30th, 2023 College, News

With the new 60-day window to enter the transfer portal closing on Monday, today is the last day for NCAA Division I women’s swimmers to notify compliance departments of their intent to transfer.

The transfer period for women’s swimming began back on March 2, when NCAA Championship invites were sent out. The men’s window opened up a week later, so they’ll have until May 7 to tell their compliance departments about a potential transfer. Compliance departments have 48 hours after being notified to officially put the athlete’s name in the portal.

Once in the portal, there’s no set deadline to make a decision. Athletes also don’t have to transfer — they can opt to return to their original school instead.

There are a few exceptions to the NCAA’s new policy. First of all, graduate transfers can enter their name into the portal at any time. Additionally, there are exceptions for non-scholarship athletes and in situations where there was a recent coaching change. In the case of the latter, athletes will have a new 30-day transfer window if their coach is fired or leaves to take another job.

The transfer portal system has existed since 2018, but this is the first year with specific windows for entering it. The NCAA announced the new rules last year as part of a series of reforms intended to “modernize” the organization. Before the transfer portal system, athletes had to get permission from a coach or athletic administrator in order to transfer.

So far, the biggest names to enter the portal include Stanford’s Andrei Minakov, Louisville’s Liberty Williams, and Georgia Tech’s Deniz Ertan.

Last year, the total number of NCAA Division I transfers in both men’s and women’s swimming was slightly down from 2021. The majority of swimmers and divers who entered the portal last year (54%) found new destinations as a result.

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1 year ago

Will swimswam give us a summary of all of the portal declarations and transfers by team?

Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago

We’ll try. The portal has unfortunately been changed to where it’s not as easy to export and work with the data, so it becomes much more manual to do, so we have to figure out if that’s something we can accomplish or not given that we don’t have a login to the portal.

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Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

It seems that American football has an entire website of who moves through this portal. Any chance of this days for swimming

1 year ago

Given the situation @ Alabama, the women athletes seem to deserve extra time.

1 year ago

Hopefully the athletes knew about the coaching changes before those happened.

1 year ago

There’s coaching changes all the time. They have to draw the line somewhere, and hopefully the student athletes are picking up on what’s happening within their own programs.

1 year ago

Soooo what’s the situation at Florida with double digit transfers in the portal?

Reply to  Swordle
1 year ago

Kentucky too

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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