In every aspect of the college admissions process (and in life), it is important to be honest. On your activity sheet, don’t cite that you volunteer at your local church for 22 hours a week if you really only volunteer for 8 hours a week. During your college interviews, don’t claim to love reading when you can’t cite a book that you’ve read for pleasure (that means outside of the required reading for English classes) in the last five years. Oy vey. And if you’re an athletic recruit (especially if you’re a runner or swimmer), that means not lying about your times!
Do students really think that they’ll be able to get away with lying about their times in college swimming recruiting? With websites like swimmingtimes.com that records swimmers’ times, it’s not just wrong to lie about your times…you won’t get away with it. It’s too easy to check. Too easy to verify. Too easy to realize that the times a swimmer has given to a coach don’t match up with the times the coach has found online. And coaches do indeed check their recruits’ times online. Of course they do! Do you really think that they would waste a spot on a recruit who won’t actually be able to contribute to the team over the next four years? Has it happened in the past? You bet. And when that recruit shows up on the first day of school and it’s easily apparent that he/she lied about his/her times, that coach is going to be quite mad.
That can lead the coach to even contact the admissions office. Maybe they’ll do something about it. Maybe they won’t. Maybe the coach will be too embarrassed that they didn’t verify the swimmer’s times with his/her coach or online. But, these days, it doesn’t get to this. It’s hard to dupe a college swimming or track coach with all of the information that is out there online. So if you’re even considering fudging those times by even a little, think again. Don’t do it. Even if you get in, your admission could be revoked. You’ll be mortified when all of your fellow swimmers and runners think of you as a liar and a cheat. And it’ll start you off on the completely wrong foot in college. Be honest in the college admissions process. Always and on everything.