LRT Sports sat down with Dave Durden, the Head Coach for the men’s swim team at the University of California, Berkeley. Durden is diving into his 13th season with Cal in 2019-2020 and was also on the coaching staff for the 2016 Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro. Since the 2009-10 season, Cal has not
Jason Mahowald, University of South Dakota‘s men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach, dives into his 15th season with the Coyotes this 2019-20.. Coach Mahowald’s helped progress the program from a DII to DI in the 2009-10 season. At the NCAA DII National Championships, Mahowald led the women’s swimming and diving team to three-straight-top finishes.
A big question that we asked Coach Smyth was, what’s the essential quality that you look for in a recruit? According to BU Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving coach Bill Smyth, the answer is to be “fit.” However, it’s not the kind of fit that you would normally expect. Smyth says it’s more about
Bill Roberts is the Men’s Swimming & Diving Head Coach for the U.S. Naval Academy. He hails from Aurora, New York and went to school at Springfield College. Roberts has been the head coach for 15 seasons at the academy and has been with the program for a total of 18 years. In each of
Following these seven tips will put you on the right track to becoming a better swimmer. Having some sense of how to improve will give you direction, and it will give you something to strive for. I am a swimmer for the University of Boston and this are some tips that I live by. #1:
The NCAA adjusted previous standards to follow international swimming rules. The change will affect men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. The NCAA created the rule to increase congruity between the offseason during the summer and main season during school. This change will also help officials maintain consistency throughout different seasons. It affects lighting systems
Lucy Castro, was a long distance freestyle swimmer for George Washington University, she wasn’t always committed to her school. She was one of the many who were affected by the Western Kentucky Swim team scandal, where they ended up losing their program completely, and many swimmers were left without a team. We all know that recruiting
When doing research in the recruiting process for my daughter I came across the LRT Sports website. I was immediately intrigued as this was another dimension of the recruiting process that many people don't even consider. My daughter and I could "short list" schools based on the education she was looking for, as well as the opportunity to play her sport. LRT Sports not only gave us pertinent information into the recruiting process with different interviews of coaches and players, it also gave us insight into current and/or former players' opinions on the coach of that school in her sport. We could use this information to re-prioritize my daughters list of schools based on this feedback. I have many friends that are, or will be, going through this process shortly and I highly recommend using LRT Sports as part of anyone's recruiting process.
The college process presents a myriad of challenges. Factor in athletics and it becomes even more daunting. Now, add the fact that you have zero experience with sports. What is a the mother of a college bound student-athlete to do? LRT Sports has truly lived up to its promise. It has kept "the college recruiting process honest and easy by providing first hand information about coaches, schools and the recruiting process." Their interviews with current students, coaches, and professional athletes have provided realistic guidance. I am much more informed because of LRT Sports! The coach ratings are the most helpful. LRT Sports interviews allow us to hear from students as to how the adults are impacting not only their athletic experience but also how they are helping to shape their adult self.
The C.A.L.C. was thrilled to have Keirsten Sires come and speak to us on multiple topics relevant to high school athletics today, including recruiting. Keirsten reached all of our students and left them with great strategies that will not only help on the fields, courts, and mats, but also in the game of recruiting. She was a true professional and delivered a wonderful message.
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