Swimming is an intensive yet gratifying sport. Athletes can spend 10 to 20 hours a week in the pool, in addition to completing workouts developed by the coach. The swimming season goes from October to February. In February some teams will compete in their respective leagues. Individuals who qualify will then be able to compete in the NCAA championships.
Recruiting for women's swimming can begin early in high school, so by middle school, students should start researching schools that will suit their needs academically, as well as providing the athletic opportunities they desire. Division I teams are more competitive and are usually from larger schools with bigger budgets. Division II teams are usually in smaller schools, and Division III teams do not offer athletic scholarships, although academic scholarships and financial aid is available to qualified individuals. Note that not every swimming team also offers diving.
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