The Pros and Cons of Deferring from College

The Pros and Cons of Deferring from College

By Justine Ress, Swimming World Intern

The Rio Olympic Games begin in 253 days and that means it’s officially crunch time. During an Olympic year way too many swim meets turn long course (am I right?) and swimmers get that one last jolt of motivation to put in some hard work before trials. The year before the games is a critical time for training. So much so, that several elite swimmers have chosen to defer from collegiate swimming in order to prepare for Olympic Trials.

Many elite swimmers from Katie Ledecky to Missy Franklin have made major plans for this year. Some have chosen to red-shirt to avoid the hectic schedule of college swimming while others have withdrawn from college altogether to make swimming their sole focus.

By holding off on college these athletes can make swimming their top priority without much conflict. They don’t have to worry about conference meets or the schoolwork that comes with being a student-athlete.

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