By: Reach for the Wall Staff
The end of August and beginning of September marks the timeframe for college students (and athletes) to descend upon campuses across the country and either resume their studies or for the class of 2022 to begin their 4-5 year journey. Over the past 9 months or so, SwimSwam tracked all the verbal as well as formal commitments from graduating high school seniors to their new schools. There were 53 PVS swimmers recognized in the list, which we sorted below by the name of College. We know there are more swimmers from PVS that graduated in 2018 who may or may not have chosen to continue swimming and last year PVS identified over 170 athletes. We are only providing the list as collected/maintained by SwimSwam, the broader list of PVS graduates will be worked into a post later in the year. William & Mary benefited most from swimmers in our area with 6 commitments, followed by Virginia Teach and George Mason, each with 4. Other schools with multiple commitments are Air Force(2), Arizona State(2), and Notre Dame(2).
|Division||Conference||College||Team||Name||Home State||School (or Club if non-US)||USAS Club||LSC (ZZ for non-US)|
|NCAA D1||MWC||Air Force||W||Caroline Wittich||VA||West Springfield High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||WAC||Air Force||M||Corey Shepard||VA||Osbourn Park High School||OCCS||PV|
|NCAA D1||Pac-12||Arizona State||M||Jack Edgemond||VA||South Lakes High School||MACH||PV|
|NCAA D1||Pac-12||Arizona State||M||Noah Desman||VA||Centreville High School||MACH||PV|
|NCAA D1||Patriot||Army West Point||M||Thomas Moore||VA||Briar Woods High School||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||SEC||Auburn||W||Emily Hetzer||VA||Battlefield High School||OCCS||PV|
|NCAA D1||Pac-12||Cal||W||Cassidy Bayer||VA||West Potomac High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Ivy League||Cornell||M||Ian Mackey||MD||Winston Churchill High School||RMSC||PV|
|NCAA D1||Summit||Denver||W||Livi Schmid||VA||Robinson Secondary School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D3||Centennial||Dickinson||M||Cameron McConagha||VA||Briar Woods High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Atlantic-10||Duquesne||W||Cassie Holstein||VA||Briar Woods High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Florida State||M||Jackson Lucas||VA||Louisiana State University transfer||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D2||SSC||Florida Tech||W||Kennedy Nolan||MD||Sherwood High School||RMSC||PV|
|NCAA D1||CCSA||Gardner Webb||W||Hannah Carter||VA||Woodgrove High School||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||Atlantic-10||George Mason||M||Carson Stevens||VA||Park View High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Atlantic-10||George Mason||W||Mia McKinley||VA||Freedom High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Atlantic-10||George Mason||W||Sophie McKinley||VA||Freedom High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Atlantic-10||George Mason||M||Tim McKinley||VA||Freedom High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Ivy League||Harvard||W||Maddie Heilbrun||VA||The Madeira School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||B1G||Indiana||M||Brandon Hamblin||VA||North Stafford High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D3||N/A||Johns Hopkins||M||Collin Hughes||VA||Loudoun County High School||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||SEC||Kentucky||W||Isabella Gati||VA||The Madeira School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||Patriot||Loyola (MD)||W||Allison Wade||MD||Our Lady of Good Counsel High School||RMSC||PV|
|NCAA D3||CAC||Mary Washington||W||Sally Burkley||VA||Homeschooled||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||Summit||Nebraska-Omaha||W||Bethany Gatlin||VA||Briar Woods High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||MWC||New Mexico||W||Lauren Candland||VA||Battlefield High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||B1G||Northwestern||W||Jasmine Hellmer||VA||Flint Hill School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Notre Dame||W||Madeline LaPorte||VA||James Madison High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Notre Dame||W||Sinead Eksteen||VA||McLean High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D3||UAA||NYU||M||Sanjay Wijesekera||MD||Winston Churchill High School||RMSC||PV|
|NCAA D1||Ivy League||Penn||W||Grace Giddings||MD||Sherwood High School||RMSC||PV|
|NCAA D1||B1G||Penn State||W||Brooke Matthias||VA||Stone Bridge High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||PCSC||Pepperdine||W||Haley Bergthold||VA||Woodson High School||MACH||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Pitt||M||Luay Hilmi||VA||Potomac Falls High School||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||Ivy League||Princeton||M||Jonathan Pollock||VA||Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D2||PSAC||Shippensburg||M||Andrew Hale||VA||West Springfield High School||MAKO||PV|
|NCAA D1||Big 12||Texas||W||Holly Jansen||VA||West Potomac High School||PM||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||Towson||W||Suzannah Mills||MD||(doesn’t swim high school)||RMSC||PV|
|NCAA D1||AAC||Tulane||W||Olivia French||MD||Our Lady of Good Counsel High School||ASA||PV|
|U Sports||CanadaWest||UBC||M||Stuart Pliuskaitis||VA||Briar Woods High School||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||America East||Vermont||W||Ashley Shepard||VA||Oakton High School||MACH||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Virginia||M||Casey Storch||VA||Langley High School||MACH||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Virginia Tech||W||Anna Landon||VA||Falls Church High School||AAC||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Virginia Tech||W||Annalee Johnson||VA||Penn State transfer||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Virginia Tech||M||Blake Manoff||VA||Battlefield High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||ACC||Virginia Tech||M||Philip Manoff||VA||Battlefield High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||William & Mary||W||Anna Kenna||VA||Seton School||OCCS||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||William & Mary||W||Gabby Zhang||VA||Rock Ridge High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||William & Mary||M||Ian Cobb||VA||James Madison High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||William & Mary||M||Jack Galbraith||VA||James Madison High School||MACH||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||William & Mary||W||Missy Cundiff||VA||Tuscarora High School||SNOW||PV|
|NCAA D1||CAA||William & Mary||M||Steven Thalblum||VA||Stone Bridge High School||NCAP||PV|
|NCAA D1||B1G||Wisconsin||M||Eli Fouts||MD||Quince Orchard High School||RMSC||PV|
For all those in the class of 2019 who are starting their club practices this week, gearing up for the Fall/Winter swim season, the NCAA has published a recruiting guide. This guide outlines when, how often, and the type of contact (phone, in person, electronic) an athlete can have with a prospective college.
Also, Rick Paine from American College Connection provided us this high-level ‘when & what’ of the signing periods and recruiting visits. We hope you find this helpful as you begin to plan the next 4 years of your life as a student and athlete:
When: November 9-16
What: swimmers can sign a National Letter of Intent which is their binding agreement to attend a particular school. Coaches will provide scholarship papers for the swimmers and their parents to sign. A recruit cannot sign a National Letter of Intent unless there is some form of athletic scholarship. A book scholarship is the minimum.
A recruit must sign the NLI and scholarship papers between the 9th and 16th and has 14 days to get the signed forms back to the coach unless the coach requires them sooner
Coaches are not allowed to meet recruits face to face from 8am Monday November 7 through 8am Friday November 11.
Regular Signing Period:
When: April 12 through August 1
What: you can give your verbal commitment to attend a school at any time and the coach can give you a verbal commitment for a scholarship offer or a spot on the team at any time.
Verbals are not binding, but rarely do the coaches renege on their scholarship offers. Usually it’s the recruit who backs out. If you give your word to a coach you should honor it.
Pay attention to admission deadlines as they vary from school to school.
When: September 1 of your senior year through August 1 except during a dead period.
What: A visit becomes official if the school pays for anything other than a ticket to an on campus event. If they buy you a hot dog it becomes an official visit. Due to budgetary cutbacks many school don’t have the money to pay for the entire trip and will ask you to pay for your transportation to and from campus. The schools will usually pick up the tab for room and board while you are there.
Your parents may come with you on an official visit and schools are allowed to pay for their room and board while they are there. This depends on a schools recruiting budget.
Limits: recruits are allowed to take official visits to 5 different Division I schools
Tip: don’t assume that a school will pay for everything on an official visit. You need to ask.
When: anytime except during a dead period (8am Monday November 7 through 8am Friday November 11).
What: unofficial visits are unlimited as long as you pay for everything on your trip. A school can provide tickets to an on-campus event while you are there. You are allowed to spend the night with the team, but you will have to pay the going rate for the dorm room or motel.
Tip: let the coach know well in advance that you are coming to campus