Carter Walles has announced that he will transfer from Pacific to California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), beginning in the 2020-2021 season. Walles spent 1 season with Pacific in 2018-2019 before sitting out the 2019-2020 season.
“I am excited to transfer to CSUB to continue my athletic and academic career. Huge thanks to everyone who has been apart of my swimming career past, present and future. Grateful for the opportunity from Coach Chris and Gray. Go Runners!”
Walles said that he spent the year off back home in his native Washington State training and working while deciding where to go next.
“Deciding to transfer was very difficult,” Walles said. “I appreciate everything Pacific did for me in my time there. There was a lot of change within the program at Pacific. But more so for myself it was important to take a step back for a year to re-evaluate the needs of me and my family. So I’ve spent this year back home in Washington State working and training while looking for a new opportunity. In the end I found what is going to be a really great fit.”
Walles swam under head coach Peter Richardson in his freshman season at Pacific before Richardson left to become an assistant at the University of Arizona.
He will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re excited about Carter’s decision to join the Roadrunner family,” said CSUB head coach Chris Hansen. “He fit in so well with our team during his recruiting trip that I almost forgot he was a recruit. “Walles is a versatile performer expected to make an impact in a number of events at CSUB. He is capable of swimming breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle and medley events for the `Runner’s.”
“What excited us about Carter is that as a transfer he is already aware of the work that needs to be done to be successful at this level,” Hansen added. “His events are exactly what we need to fill some voids in our line-up next fall.”
Walles is originally from Lake Stevens, Washington, where he was a 4-time Wesco District Champion.
Best Times in Yards:
- 50 free – 22.34
- 100 free – 48.54
- 200 free – 1:43.29
- 500 free – 4:41.30
- 1000 free – 9:39.92
- 1650 free – 16:22.14
- 100 back – 51.96
- 200 back – 1:52.43
- 100 breast – 57.94
- 200 breast – 2:19.02
- 200 IM – 1:54.31
- 400 IM – 4:06.60
A versatile swimmer, Walles swam best times in his primary backstroke and IM events during his freshman season at Pacific. He finished 12th at the MPSF Championships in the 400 IM, 16th in the 100 back, and 16th in the 200 back, scoring 7 individual points for the Tigers. as they finished 5th out of 6 men’s teams.
For an out-of-state student, full-price tuition to Pacific runs almost $50,000, while for an out-of-state student, full-price tuition to CSUB runs costs less than $20,000