California Colleges with Competitive Swim Programs

Swimming is a popular sport the world over. Some of the benefits of swimming include weight loss, strengthening, relaxation and meditation. Swimming from an early age is highly encouraged, as it opens opportunities for the swimmer later on in life.

For instance, one can gain entry into a prestigious university through a scholarship based on their swimming prowess. With some luck and lots of hard work, a college athlete can progress towards a professional status beyond graduation.

What California Colleges Have Competitive Swimming Programs?

Stanford University

Team name: Stanford Cardinals

Training Center: Avery Aquatic Center

Stanford University has both men and women, swimming and diving teams. These teams participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 and PAC 12 Championships.

The women’s team has produced Olympians from the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympics. In the last Olympics, the women’s swimming and diving participants won 14 medals. The men’s team won 5th place in the just concluded National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship in 2017.

Stanford Cardinals coach Greg Meehan was also the assistant coach, for the USA swimming and diving team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He won coach of the year at the Golden Google Annual Awards show, held in Los Angeles, in November 2017, while two students from Stanford Cardinals were named female athletes of the year and female relay team of the year. Katie Ledecky, who is a member of the team, is the most decorated female swimmer in world history. For information on awards and schedules visit

The Avery Aquatic Center located on Stanford University campus contains two swimming pools. Private swimming lessons are available to Stanford students at the cost of $35 per lesson.

San Diego State University

Team Name: The Aztecs

Training Center: Aztec Aquaplex

San Diego State University swimming and diving team consists of women only. The team, popularly known as Aztecs, participates in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 championships. They have captured their second A3 Invitational title in the last four years.

In January 2017, the Aztecs earned the Team Scholar All American Award for the 2016 fall semester for excellence in academics, by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The team’s average GPA was 3.15.

Swimmer, Meyer McKenna earned the ‘Swimmer of the Meet’ honors for being the highest single point getter amongst all female competitors. For more information on awards and schedules visit

The Aztec Aquaplex is one of the leading aquatic facilities in the USA. It consists of an Olympic size pool, a hydrotherapy pool and a recreational pool, which are all solar heated. The seating area beside the Olympic size pool can accommodate 500 spectators.

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

Team Name: Cal Poly Mustangs

Training Center:  Anderson Aquatic Center

The Cal Poly Mustangs have both men and women swimming and diving teams. They participate in the National Collegiate Athletics Association Championships Division 1 and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.

The men’s team was ranked 4th with 752 points at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Invitational in November 2017, while the women’s team ranked 5th.

The Anderson Aquatic Facility comprises an Olympic sized pool and a recreational pool. Students interested in private swimming lessons are charged $45 per session.

As a professional swimmer, one can pursue careers such as rescue swimmer, school swim coach, dolphin trainer, underwater photographer, a life guard or a professional swimmer at the Olympics. California College Bound invites swimming enthusiasts to sign up with us today.  Take a tour of California with California College Bound.  From University of California schools to California State University schools, our travel tours visit the best colleges in the US. Take a tour with us!

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