Cal All-American Daniel Carr Will Return for 5th Season of NCAA Eligibility

A second Cal NCAA All-American swimmer, Daniel Carr, has confirmed to SwimSwam that he will return for a 5th season of collegiate swimming. Carr joins Trenton Julian, the NCAA runner-up last season in the 200 fly, in returning for the Golden Bears.

“I think the number one pusher for swimming next year is to have fun,” Carr told SwimSwam on Monday. “Having basically two Olympic training years mixed with a global pandemic can be exhausting for anybody. I’m excited to have at least one of my classmates, Trenton Julian, joining me next year! We are both honored to have this opportunity as we further ourselves athletically as well as academically.”

Carr scored 25 individual points at last year’s NCAA Championships via three scoring individual finishes. His top result was 4th place in the 200 back in 1:38.86. He also placed 11th in the 100 back in 45.32 and 13th in the 200 IM in 1:42.73.

That was actually fewer points than he scored at the 2019 NCAA Championship meet as a sophomore, where he scored 32 points and went personal bests in all three of those events.

He missed personal bests in each of his primary events during his senior season. In spite of being ‘off’ at NCAAs, he developed into a key relay leg for the team. He swam the 2nd leg of Cal’s runner-up 800 free relay (1:33.14), the 3rd leg of their winning 200 free relay (18.51), and the leadoff leg of their 3rd place 200 medley relay (20.79). Carr’s sprint freestyles have really developed later in his career at Cal, where he’s given a boost to what has been the country’s top sprint freestyle group in the last few seasons.

At last season’s NCAA Championship meet, Cal had 222 individual points scored by seniors – more than any other team in the country. Their top earner, 60-point scorer Ryan Hoffer, has turned pro and joined the DC Trident of the International Swimming League. The return of a combined 73 points from Julian and Carr, however, helps soften that blow.

Best Times in Yards:

  • 50 free (rolling start) – 18.51
  • 100 free (rolling start) – 41.65
  • 200 free (rolling start) – 1:32.48
  • 100 back – 44.86
  • 200 back – 1:37.87
  • 200 IM – 1:41.79

Other scoring seniors Bryce Mefford (36 points), Sean Grieshop (31 points), and Zach Yeadon (22 points) have not announced what their plans are for next season.

Carr completed his undergraduate degree at the end of the spring semester and will be entering Cal’s business graduate program in the fall.

The NCAA is allowing a waiver for all athletes who competed in Division I in the 2021-2022 season granting them a 5th season of collegiate eligibility. If athletes return to the same team for the 2021-2022 season, their scholarship will be exempted from the NCAA-imposed limits for that season. In all future years, though, athletes choosing to use a 5th season will count against their team’s totals.

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Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

Cal loading up. Eddie should’ve stayed retired.

jvj
2 months ago

Don’t understand why this class is getting another senior season. They got to complete at NCAAs this year. Its the 2020 senior class that got screwed.

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  jvj
2 months ago

Division III didn’t get to compete at NCAA this year or in 2020 though.

slow swimmer
Reply to  jvj
2 months ago

Because this year was a free year for all NCAA student athletes

Swim Fan
Reply to  jvj
2 months ago

For many teams training was disrupted, or individually training was disrupted due to a positive COVID test or being contact traced. I personally know several swimmers at the schools in the top 3 at NCAA’s who were contact traced multiple times and unable to train for 10-14 days mid-season. I don’t think the decision was based upon whether NCAA’s happened or not, but how the season as a whole developed. Mid-season invites were canceled, dual meets were canceled. Some teams got few opportunities to race. Additionally, it’s not just this year’s senior class, anyone can take a 5th year – it will just count against scholarship maximums after this year.

Last edited 2 months ago by Swim Fan
jvj
Reply to  Swim Fan
2 months ago

Admit that I haven’t looked at full language of ruling. When your say anyone can take a 5th year, I assume you mean anyone that was eligible during the 20-21 year (regardless of class)? In other words, a senior from 2020 that lost opportunity to complete at NCAAs couldn’t come back for 5th year next year if still in grad school, correct?

HJones
Reply to  jvj
2 months ago

Correct. Only people who were eligible to compete in the NCAA for the 2020-2021 season will have an extra year.

slow swimmer
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Oh shoot as a college swimmer I should have known that part

Breezeway
Reply to  jvj
2 months ago

This ☝🏾 plus they can take advantage of the NIL

Willswim
2 months ago

Cal is looking pretty stacked and should be the favorite going into the season. The only question I have is who will swim fly on their medley relays.

tea rex
Reply to  Willswim
2 months ago

Last season their fastest 100 fly after Hoffer was a 46.64 – Trenton Julian’s halfway split in the 200 fly.
I expect they’ll have to see who of Lasco/Carr/Gonzalez can fake a 50 fly the best.

swim6847
Reply to  Willswim
2 months ago

After his 100 fly at trials, I think Trenton will be able to put together good sprint fly legs for their relays

oxyswim
Reply to  swim6847
2 months ago

I think he’ll be good for the 400 medley. Don’t know if he can be 20 low or 19 high on a 50 fly though.

Chad
2 months ago

I feel like a lot of these swimmers are announcing coming back after they didn’t make an Olympic team. Without the Olympian clout to boost endorsements, it makes sense why they’d want to use that extra year of eligibility.

SwimBears
2 months ago

Go bears!!!!!!!!

Samuel Huntington
2 months ago

Wow and if Mefford and/or Grieshop also return as people have mentioned, Cal will be loaded..

Willswim
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
2 months ago

We know Texas has Windle returning, which is huge, but has anyone heard any rumors about Jiang, Katz, Staka, Sannem, Pomajevich, Larson, Bowman, or Neri? With the team Cal has coming back Texas might need a couple of them and/or someone like Matt King or David Schlicht to keep this close.

Chaz
Reply to  Willswim
2 months ago

Only heard a rumor that Jiang is returning, others are unlikely.

JeahBrah
Reply to  Chaz
2 months ago

Jiang’s name was on the ISL eligible rookie draft list, so I’d imagine he doesn’t have plans for a 5th year. But Texas could really use his fly leg.

Horninco
Reply to  Willswim
2 months ago

Not a peep, we should know more the next 4-6 weeks

Cal looking strong though

HJones
Reply to  Willswim
2 months ago

Larson and Neri won’t be coming back, both retired.

James
2 months ago

It makes sense…with the postponed Olympic games in Tokyo happening this summer, another season of NCAA swimming puts us already at the mid-point for the 2024 Games. For any elite swimmers wanting to hold out hope to chase the dream, a paid for year of training with their college team is a lot easier than trying to strike out on their own.

Swimmer
2 months ago

Don’t know if it has an article already, but Will Roberts also announced after Trials that he is transferring to Cal for a 5th year

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