Top Swimming Schools - Men's School
The 10 Best Division I Schools for Men's Swimming
1. Ohio State University
As a large public university offering undergraduate as well as graduate level programs, Ohio State University is best known for its majors in General Psychology/Communication and Media Studies. Its swimming program isn't too shabby either as coach Bill Wadley has led Ohio State to multiple successes both in competition and academics. Through Wadley's leadership, several teams have ranked in the NCAA Top 25 for twenty two of the last twenty five seasons. Not to mention, last year's team all steadily averaged a GPA of 3.14.
2. University of Michigan
Ranked 61st nationwide, the University of Michigan is a highly selective school offering 112 undergraduate degrees across 75 majors. Plus, both the mens' and womens' swimming/diving programs have reached an extremely impressive number of victories. Mike Bottom, the university's head swimming coach, is a five time award winning 'Coach of the year'. And in all his seven years instructing, Bottom has has led the University of Michigan to 8 National Titles, 1 National Championship, and 6 Big Ten Championships.
3. University of Southern California
As a large private university, USC's Computer and Information Science program is ranked 3rd in the nation as well as its Visual Performing Arts Program which is ranked 4th in the nation. And head coach Dave Salo, a 30 year veteran, is highly regarded for his place in the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Furthermore, USC has a long history of producing top swimmers who together have been invited to the Olympics 122 times and have won 38 gold medals.
4. University of Florida
The University of Florida offers several highly ranked programs that will provide nearly anyone with a quality education. Not to mention, Gregg Tory, the swim team's head coach, has trained more than 75 Olympians and over 900 All-American honor students. Troy has had the honor of leading some of the nation's best swimmers and has served as a 2012 USA men's Olympic swim team head coach.
5. Stanford University
Ranked 4th in the nation, Stanford University is a highly selective school only accepting about six percent of its applicants and its swim programs are no exception. Ted Knapp, the men's Stanford Cardinal swimming team's head coach, once served under Hall of Famer Skip Kenney. Knapp has lead Stanford to 7 NCAA Championships and is now in his 32nd season leading the Cardinals.
6. University of Texas-Austin
As a 'public ivy', the University of Texas-Austin offers one of the best valued educations. It is considered an Ivy league experience stamped with a public school price. Eddie Reese leds the men's swimming team and is now in his 38th year as head coach. Reese has managed an extremely successful career leading the Longhorns to 11 NCAA team titles.
7. University of California-Berkeley
The University of California-Berkeley is an exceptionally diverse school ranking high above the national average. David Durden has the privilege of leading the men's swimming team and is now in his 9th season as head coach. Durden has led the University of California-Berkeley into several NCAA championships of which 3 the team has won. David Durden also has experience in mentoring three Olympic medalist swimmers in 2012.
8. Indiana University
This large public research university has several popular majors including physical education, health, business, and public administration. Ray Looze is the head coach of the Indiana University Hoosiers and holds a reputation for training seriously competitive swimming teams. Under Loose's leadership, the team claimed the 2005-2006 Big Ten Title, the school's first since 1985.
9. Harvard University
Ranked 5th in the nation, Harvard University is one of the nation's best Ivy League colleges. Kevin Tyrrell, Harvard's head swim coach, is constantly leading the team to victory both in and out of the water. In 2014-2015 academic year, his team held the highest GPA of any swim or dive team in the nation at a noteworthy 3.57. Tyrrell is a relatively new head coach but he has already guided the team to win the Ivy League dual meet championship with a second year record of 9-0 in dual meets.
10. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill was established in 1795, therefore making it one of United States's oldest public universities. Rich DeSelm is the Tar Heels swim team head coach and has been for the past 8 years. Additionally, DeSelm has led the university's swim team to countless victories including 15 NCAA finishes and has been named a 2014 USA Swimming National Team coach.
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