Why Loughborough University is Becoming a Hot Spot for NCAA Post Grads

Loughborough University in Loughborough, England is quickly becoming the most popular destination for NCAA swimmers who want to continue their academic and athletic careers without the means to in the US. Whereas many NCAA teams in the US have postgrads, the emphasis usually stays on the undergrad team, with the postgrads doing the same kind of training they had been previously while trying to navigate their budding professional careers in and out of the pool.

After getting a first-hand look at Loughborough, it’s easy to see why one might take the leap across the pond. Academically, they offer the option to pursue a master’s degree part-time (an option not typically offered in the US) for a much more affordable price than many NCAA Universities. Athletically, their training groups are small and elite, allowing for more individualized training opportunities with an emphasis on international high performance. We’ve seen 4 NCAA champions in the last 3 years take this option (Andreas Vazaios of NC State, Louise Hansson of Southern California, Felix Auboeck of Michigan, and incoming Sophie Hansson of NC State) and that could be just the beginning.

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Kelsey
6 months ago

Maggie Macneil should consider if this is an option for her. No it’s not single gender but ticks a lot of boxes.

DCSwim
6 months ago

I’d love SS to do a deep dive into BUCS for us Yankees. Most of us have no clue what it’s about!

Swimmer
Reply to  DCSwim
6 months ago

It isn’t very complicated. 2 meets a year, one short course and one long course. You can only swim finals if you represent a university but in recent years non-university swimmers have been invited to take part in prelims. A handful of universities take it very seriously (usually those with an integrated training programme) and many attend as part competition, part social event (the meets are always in Sheffield and there are good opportunities to go out on the Friday and/or Saturday night).

Most BUCS swimmers will probably train a few times a week with their university, some have more formal programmes (Loughborough, Bath, Stirling to name 3) and some swimmers will train with a nearby club team but… Read more »

I Miss Lochte
Reply to  DCSwim
6 months ago

NCAA Championships but British

Last edited 6 months ago by I Miss Lochte
Dee
6 months ago

The fortunes of Felix Auboeck, Louise Hansson, Marie Wattel and Andreas Vazaios will only further Loughborough’s attractiveness too – It might not be Marseille or California, but people have been hitting PBs and NRs galore training there.

Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
6 months ago

Always wondered why Americans never branch out to other countries, 4 years not getting paid just to work on your underwaters, odd

Caleb
Reply to  Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
6 months ago

If people outside the US knew what it costs to go to college here, a lot of them would have a heart attack.

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
6 months ago

4 year cost of attendance for many schools is over $200k now. If you are on scholarship and not subject to paying this, I would most certainly call this “getting paid”

Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
6 months ago

But if you’re a Matt Sates and you go and win 100K over a few world Cup stops and you’re not allowed to keep that money it cancels each other out

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
6 months ago

Grown up talk time now. $100k in prize money after you pay taxes on it, is not really that much money. Not to mention, maybe 1-2% of all scholarship swim athletes in the US are in the realm of winning prize money at any event. At least prize money like that. And let’s not even start on your expenses incurred to travel to have a hot at that money in the first place.

Last edited 6 months ago by WestCoastRefugee
RJ2
Reply to  Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
6 months ago

because swimmers who come from the collegiate system are still dominating the world scene.

Jacob Whittle 46.90 in Paris
Reply to  RJ2
6 months ago

There’s no such thing as ‘coming from the collegiate scene’ they were swimmers before they went to university

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