well so far my best time is 40 seconds for a 50 yard swim, yea i know its pretty embarrissing but thats because i started swimming this year and im a sophomore. but can you tell me any ways to improve so that I can be faster and hopefully get recruited?
Hey- Well I'm not an AFA guy but I am a USMA Cadet (to be). I also may be a recruited swimmer and saw your post randomly and thought it was interesting. I started swimming my soph year and was injured... so I only have about 2.5 years of real experience in swimming so you and I are similar in that aspect. I'm a sprinter and my times arn't insane or anything like that, but I did talk to the coach this morning and he said that if I continue to improve my times and show potential they will keep me on the team. So I think I'll have a few months of being on the team to prove myself. To give you an idea of the times... I'm at like a 23.0 in the 50x free right now, and like a 50.0 in the 100x freestyle-- like I said not crazy fast but okay--and they told me that if I can get my times down to like a low 22.5 and a 48.5 within the first couple months and then by late season (like 5 months down the road) be at like a 21. something and and a 47. something I would be having good improvement.
Like I said, the times are pretty crazy. But keep in mind that it's not completely out of reach. I contacted the coach several times before my swim season senior year just to get their attention. Just keep a good attitude and keep working hard and who knows- they may just give you a shot!! Send me a message if you'd ever like to talk or want more information.
Hey- well just try your hardest and have fun with it. If I were you I would try my hardest during every practice set during practice-- push yourself as hard as you can and with that the times will drop, I promise you. You still have a full 2 years to continue swimming and get better. I wish I knew what times I started out at at my first meet (probably up in the 30's in the 50x free) but I just worked hard and stayed motivated. Trust me, good things will happen. Let me know if you have any other questions!!