USC All-American Carsten Vissering studied abroad in Australia for the fall semester, making his return to Southern Cal in the spring semester, in time for the NCAA postseason.
Vissering was in Brisbane, Australia not only broadening his mind scholastically, but also aquatically. Carsten told SwimSwam that while down under, he joined an elite lifting club, and to stay in shape for swimming mostly participated in recreational water activities such as intramural water polo and surfing. He said that this has given him a new perspective on swimming, and that he has returned to USC refreshed in his sport.
This strategy seemed to work in Vissering’s favor for the most part, as he produced some very fast results for USC at the 2018 NCAA championships. Notably, he split the fastest 50 breaststroke in history at 22.58 in the 200 medley relay, powering USC to win its first relay title in years.
Vissering also split 50.90 on their 3rd place 400 medley relay and placed 3rd in the 100 breast individually, notching a personal best of 51.28.