The California Golden Bears didn’t have to look any further than their own backyard to find breaststroke/IM specialist Carson Sand. The Castro Valley, California-native gave his verbal commitment to the University of California, Berkeley for the class of 2019.
Sand swims for East Bay Aquatics Association and Castro Valley High School. He was runner up in both the 100 breast (54.54) and 200 IM (1:50.11) at the 2014 NCS (California’s North Coast Section) Championships last May. The next day he turned around and popped a 1:59.82 in the 200y breast at the NCS Walk-On Meet.
This has been quite a year for Sand. He dropped 1.4 seconds in the 100 breast SCY, and 2.5 seconds in the 100 breast LCM. He also improved his 200y IM by 3 full seconds. Sand finished the 2013-14 season with new PBs in all his major events. His top times include:
|200y breast: 1:59.82||200m breast 2:20.78|
|100y breast: 54.45||100m breast: 1:03.82|
|200y IM: 1:50.11||200m IM: 2:15.62|
|50y free: 21.19||50m free: 24.83|
|100y free: 47.01||100m free: 56.15|
A lot has been said about Cal’s dominance in backstroke and butterfly, but the Golden Bears have been building a strong –and deep– breaststroke group over the last several years. While seniors Chuck Katis and Chris Leon will no longer be on the roster next year, Sand will be joining Connor Hoppe, Zach Stevens, and Hunter Cobleigh, all fellow Californian breaststrokers who have made Berkeley their home.