Testimonials from College Swimming Guide Fans
The combination of your website resources and the emails covering various topics were so spot on and helpful. The more I read, the more prepared I was.
Our daughter had been coming back from an injury when the pandemic hit and stopped everything in its tracks. Due to all of the twists and turns, your website helped us pivot her recruiting process and find schools that could fit.
Thanks for being a great resource. I have recommended it to many on the club.
I have known Michelle for years and she is very organized with a high attention to detail.
I highly recommend that parents, swimmers, and club coaches check out College Swimming Guide.
Michelle has done a remarkable job of creating this guide, which includes information applicable to each and every prospective college athlete. Whether you’re just beginning your college search, in the midst of it, or narrowing it down to the last couple of schools, the College Swimming Guide is guaranteed to be beneficial when making the big decision of where you’ll continue your academic and athletic career!
At the beginning of the process, the spreadsheets for each conference were a big help in determining which conferences my daughter should target. Once she narrowed it down to a few conferences that were a good fit she was able to look at the times for specific schools within those conferences to create an initial list of schools to research, contact, and visit.
Throughout her junior year, the monthly tasks on CSG’s site were great for understanding what she needed to be doing to stay on track. The sample emails were good templates to follow when she contacted coaches throughout the process.
Michelle was also a great resource whenever we had questions about anything. The private Facebook group is also available to get feedback from other parents going through the process.
My husband and I are thrilled with how the process has turned out. My daughter will be swimming D1 next year for a school that she feels is a perfect fit for her in every way. Thanks for everything Michelle! We will be using CSG again next year when my son is ready to start the process.
After joining College Swimming Guide, I scheduled a call with Michelle to help us get started in the search process. My daughter wasn’t completely sure if she wanted to swim in college or not so we weren’t sure where to begin. Michelle was able to answer all my questions about the differences between the requirements of both Division 3 and Division 1 schools. We conducted two searches as Michelle suggested (one to swim in college and one not to swim) and we looked at schools in both Division 3 and Division 1.
I used the College Swimming Guide Facebook group to learn from Michelle and the other swim parents about recruiting. The people in the group asked timely and relevant questions that helped me anticipate what would happen next in the process since I didn’t even know enough to ask my own questions.
My daughter is swimming at a Division 1 Big Ten school now and is very happy with her choice.
I highly recommend College Swimming Guide, it’s a great resource and Michelle’s one-on-one coaching sessions are extremely helpful.
I used your site to expand our list of schools, looking up times at the school and the conferences, and then matching them to the school academic rankings.
My daughter’s initial contacts were from slow or new D3 programs, but she wanted more, and we reached out to other schools. Then we saw an email that had ended up in her Spam. I had never heard of the school and then looked at your site and the school site and felt it was an interesting and possible fit.
Everything fell into place from finding the email in spam, contacting the coach, Zoom meetings with the swimmers, visiting campus, accepting a spot on the team. She will be attending a school with the ranking and academics that were a fit.
As many will say, life happens and where you end up is where you were meant to be.
This program is better than the “athlete recruiters” that claim to do all of the work for you. A lot of those programs have low success rates for swimmers, so it is great to see that there is now a more focused guide. College Swimming Guide would have cut this time in half by doing the research for us and preparing spreadsheets of Conference Championship Meet Times and Top Event Times at each college. Having that knowledge before approaching or being approached by college coaches is crucial.
Michelle is knowledgeable about the material and presents it in an easy-to-follow way with monthly action items. Life is busy enough with doubles at the pool and balancing school work. Having someone walk me through the process would have made life a lot easier.
Purchasing a membership to College Swimming Guide should be an easy decision for parents of high school sophomores and juniors.
Thank you for all the help you have provided for my college search! The list that you took time to put together has been very helpful. It has been awesome to have a guide that has already been through this process. I really appreciate your time, expertise, and generosity.
He was waiting for a T-shirt to arrive and he finally has announced his college decision with his social media this past Tuesday! ……..it’s a perfect fit for him.
It has been a long and stressful process, but with your step by step guidance and help, he finally found the right college for him. THANK YOU!!!
We may still need your advice in the future and I hope to keep in touch with you.
Thank you again,
Michelle listened to both our swimming and academic goals. Michelle helped open our eyes to many possible options we had not considered. She gave us a detailed spreadsheet of places where my daughter’s times fit and encouraged us to keep trying. She gave us valuable information re: the different swimming divisions.
My daughter chose to swim at a Division 3 school which has been a perfect fit so far. We are so grateful for the excellent individualized information and knowledge Michelle provided for our family. It was a wonderful turning point in our journey.
He was given several offers, including an offer from his “dream” school. He will be a D1 swimmer in the fall.
Thank you so much for meeting with me! You have so much valuable information that has really motivated me to become refocused in my college swim search. You also helped me become more confident as far as schools that will want me.
Thank you for your newsletter, insights and advice over the last 3 years. I found it extremely helpful when sending off emails and speaking with coaches. Thoughts on tIming of contact and what to say was welcomed, especially more valuable during covid.
My daughter is on a scholarship at a top 10 Div 1 school and we are excited for what lies ahead.
With the help of College Swimming Guide, my son is now scheduled for his official visits this fall and is looking forward to swimming Division 1 in college. We continue to rely on Michelle’s advice and experience every step of the way.
College Swimming Guide helped me organize the information and develop a realistic list of target schools. The monthly action items helped keep me on track so I knew what I should be doing throughout the process. The spreadsheets with conference and college times were a huge help and saved a lot of time researching colleges.
Signing up for College Swimming Guide made the process much easier.
I’m finally taking a moment away from the site (cuz I need to feed the kids…AGAIN; lol)
I’ve been going through the info, printing results pages, taking notes, etc!!!! I AM IN LOVE…ABSOLUTE “HEAD-OVER-HEELS, WORSHIP-THE-GROUND-YOU-WALK-ON-FOR-PUTTING-THIS-ALL-TOGETHER-SO-EXPERTLY-AND-EFFICIENTLY” LOVE with this and how it’s laid out! You’ve just made my life so much easier! FINALLY! Someone who delivers on their advertising promises! It’s everything I hoped for and more!!! I only wish I found it sooner! Phew! I might be able to pull this off after all! (I was seriously beginning to wonder if I could!) I’m just SO grateful! Can’t thank you enough!!! Woo-Hoo!!!!!!
I will recommend all my swim family friends to your site.
You provide a very valuable service. Your message is a swimmer centered approach, not parent-centered. That distinction is very important. We, as parents, need to allow our kids to shine. And experience setbacks. It’s healthy.
You clearly recognize that swimming is a metaphor for life. Keep up the great work.
Our son committed yesterday to swim in college. We are thrilled for him!
I am tremendously impressed by the way Michelle took the knowledge she gained as a swim mom helping her son find the right college fit and turned it into business. What is perhaps most impressive is how Michelle has worked diligently to acquire and provide substantive, relevant and pragmatic information and to develop multiple avenues for effectively communicating that information to College Swimming Guide members and others.
College Swimming Guide has a well-designed and easy to maneuver website that is kept current. Michelle provides forms to use for communicating with colleges coaches and detailed spreadsheets of times from colleges and conferences. In addition, she routinely prepares video clips and short articles with helpful tips, she blogs, she regularly sends out emails with links to information and she maintains a College Swimming Guide Facebook page where members can share their experiences with each other. Michelle is also available to consult on an individual basis.
Even colleges coaches find information provided by College Swimming Guide to be spot on. I got the biggest chuckle when a college coach recruiting my son sent him an email with a link to an article Michelle wrote for SwimSwam. If I had to pick a single resource to use as a guide in the college swimming recruiting process, I would definitely choose College Swimming Guide.