SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to weigh in on Katie Ledecky‘s decision to turn pro after two collegiate seasons:
Question: What do you think about Katie Ledecky‘s decision to turn pro after two NCAA seasons?
- It’s a good decision – 60.9%
- She should have turned pro earlier – 26.6%
- She should have finished her NCAA eligibility – 12.6%
6 out of 10 voters in our most recent poll agree with Katie Ledecky‘s timing to turn pro after two collegiate seasons.
High-level swimmers competing both collegiately and in high school usually spur some of the most impassioned debates among SwimSwam readers, but it can be hard to quantify the voices on either side of the debate. While SwimSwam readership in general seems to be a very pro-NCAA crowd, just 12% of voters said Ledecky should have finished out her final two years, turning pro after the 2020 Olympics.
Ledecky now has two years leading up to the next Olympics in which to sign endorsements and train and compete as a pro. About a quarter of voters said she should have gone pro earlier – perhaps after a year of college swimming or perhaps turning pro before ever competing in the NCAA.
The money question is always a tricky one. While Ledecky is still young (21 as of last month) and should presumably have plenty of time left in her career to make money, the same was said of Missy Franklin, who was in a similar situation after two seasons at Cal. Franklin’s career has hit snags much earlier than anticipated, a sobering reminder that young phenoms don’t always stay dominant, particularly on the women’s side.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters for the most fun event to watch from a spectator’s perspective:
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