By Natalie Martin, former D1 Swimmer at the University of Virginia (Breaststroker, Class of 2016)
As a Division 1 swimmer, comparing my times to see where they fell among the top teams in the NCAA was a crucial part of my recruiting process. It helped me decide whether I wanted to swim at a program where I would be a big fish in a small pond, or a small fish in a big pond.
The balance between athletics and academics factored into my decision, and I ended up choosing a school where I was not the top swimmer on the team. Ultimately, it worked out. Although I was not the best, I was able to contribute to the conference team for all four years.
Swimming alongside some of the best swimmers in the country motivated me to work harder. As a result of choosing the school that met my criteria, I had the opportunity to feel like I was part of something bigger.
Comparing where your times fall within the NCAA is a great way to build your target list of schools. Knowing where you fit among other athletes can give you a better idea of the dynamics at different programs.
To make it easy for you to see where you stand, we’ve compiled the top NCAA ranking times into a reference guide organized by division.
Interested to compare times for Divisions II and III?
The guide organizes the top 40 times in each event from the 2015-2016 season for each division. We also included the time it took to be invited to the 2016 NCAA championship.
As your times improve throughout the recruiting process, you can continue to update your targeted list of schools via SportsRecruits.
*Times are in short course yards.