Really got to get Reece Whitley. Is Levant a shoo-in for Texas since he lives there? Who is our next best bet for the 200free? Is there a foreign swimmer we can recruit? How do teams like NC State, Louisville, Florida, et al get so many foreign recruits. Is money no object for them?
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Don't they get tons of foreigners for the same reason our women's polo team gets foreigners I.e can't land the top domestic players?
Originally Posted by longseeker
Originally Posted by socaliganbear
Florida produces more than enough in-state talent and FSU and Miami (no men's team) are no threat in recruiting or in the pool, but Gregg Troy's old school training methods are brutal and they can't attract or retain enough elite in-state or domestic talent to win NCAAs. Women's team has only won twice and men's team has never finished higher than third. That's chronic underachievement similar to Illinois in basketball. Georgia and Auburn would never have been powers without Florida talent.
NC State and Louisville recruit internationally because their home states don't produce enough in-state talent. Average size populations and can't monopolize in-state talent. Charlotte's SwimMAC (Baker, Josa, Maija) and Louisville's Sacred Heart/Lakeside (Brooke Forde, Leah Stevens, Kennedy Lohman) all produced PAC swimmers.
Louisville's head coach is Brazilian and they have a Russian asst coach. NC State has a dynamic young coach and great sprints, but neither program has ever won any NCAA team titles.
Indiana is somewhat different: slightly above average size state, but a legendary men's dynasty. Can't land Carmel talent (Kibler, Amy, Claire Adams, Burchills), so have to backfill with Canadians. Looze is an awesome coach and Lilly King is extraordinary, but tough to move up against traditional powers from huge states. The coaching carousel set off when Eddie Reese retires could be devastating for NC State and IU.
A stellar international is great, but comes with significant risk/cost: SCY conversion, language/cultural issues, no financial aid. Taylor Ruck is low risk: competes in SCYs in Arizona and a native English speaker.
Teri & Durden have built-in advantages: huge in-state swim talent, great tradition, world class swimming and academics. Build the bulk of the team with in-state talent, add elite national recruits, and selectively cherry pick internationals.