Arkansas Gets Verbal Commitment From Annah Carney

The University of Arkansas has received a verbal commitment from Annah Carney, a senior at Springfield High School, in Springfield, Illinois. She will join the Razorback roster next fall.

Carney swims for the Springfield YMCA, specializing in mid-distance freestyle and I.M. events. As a junior, she placed second in the 500 Free and won the 200 Free at the 2013-2014 Illinois (Springfield) High School Sectional Championships. Representing her club, she placed tenth in the 200 Free, 62nd in the 100 Fly, 29th in the 100 Free, and 46th in the 200 I.M. at the 2014 YMCA Short Course National Championships.

Carney’s Best Times

(SCY)

50 Free: 24.73

100 Free: 51.48

200 Free: 1:49.41

500 Free: 5:00.88

200 I.M.: 2:06.84

400 I.M.: 4:36.80

100 Back: 57.01

100 Fly: 57.96

100 Breast: 1:08.60

Carney Is Improving Rapidly

While Carney did not improve her 500 Free in her junior season, she secured best times in all of her other events listed above. She has shown rapid improvement in her 100 and 200 Freestyle, dropping two and three seconds from those events in her junior season. She also dropped three seconds in the 100 Back, two seconds in the 100 Fly, six seconds in the 100 Breast, seven seconds in the 200 I.M., and swam the 400 I.M. for the first time, all in her junior season.

Carney has the potential to score at the SEC Championships in the 200 Free, as her current best time is right outside of the C Final. She may see action as a part of the 800 Free Relay for the Razorbacks as well. As far as her other events go, Carney has another year to develop her 200 and 400 I.M. into scoring possibilities for Arkansas. She is trying new events and gaining versatility, which will be valuable to the Razorbacks, especially if she can continue to improve as rapidly as she has in her junior season.

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Kalen Darling graduated from Whitworth University in 2011 with a degree in journalism and mass communication. He was also an NCAA Division III All-American, as part of Whitworth’s swimming program. After graduating, he took to competing in triathlon at the professional level. Eager to share his passion for swimming, he started …

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