arena Swim of the Week: William Carrico Breaks Through In LC To Qualify For Olympic Trials

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William Carrico delivered in a big way last weekend, punching his ticket to the U.S. Olympic Trials in two events with a pair of massive personal best times.

Competing at the Gamecock Aquatics’ Columbia Classic, Carrico started out by swimming the 400 IM solo on Friday, dropping more than five seconds from his newly-minted best time to get well under the Trials cut and lock in a lane at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Carrico put up a time of 4:22.92, getting under the OT standard of 4:25.19 and crushing his previous PB of 4:28.20, set in early March. Coming into the long course season, Carrico’s best time stood at 4:34.52.

A rising sophomore at UNC Wilmington, Carrico is coming off an impressive freshman year with the Seahawks, winning CAA conference titles in the 500 free (4:21.66) and 400 IM (3:47.31) while being the runner-up in the 200 breast (1:56.28).


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Following his performance in the 400 IM on Friday, Carrico was back in the water on Saturday, solidifying another Trials cut in the 200 breast.

The 19-year-old brought his best time down four seconds in 2:15.61, dipping under the Trials standard of 2:15.99.

That performance marked Carrico’s first best time in the event in nearly two years, with his previous mark of 2:19.70 set at the 2022 U.S. Junior National Championships.

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1 month ago

Dang, no drop for TWO years and then FOUR seconds!

1 month ago

Your call!

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1 month ago

The 3 down votes are people realizing UNCW will win the CAA for the foreseeable future.

1 month ago

Congrats William!!!! So happy for you!!!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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