Distance freestyler Colter Carman has made his verbal commitment to stay in state and join the defending NCAA champion Texas Longhorns next fall. Carman is a senior at Carroll Senior High School in Texas, and swims club with the North Texas Nadadores. He’s primarily a distance freestyler, but also has potential in the IM races.
Last season, Carman was the 6A Region 3 champion in the 500 freestyle. He then went on to earn a bronze medal with a 3rd place finish in the 500 and free (4:25.35) at the Texas 6A State Championships. He also picked up a 5th place finish in the 200 IM with a personal best 1:50.12.
Carman has best times in the 500 free and 1650 free that are already good enough to have made the championship final at last season’s Big 12 Championships. In the 1650, he would’ve been 2nd only to the Longhorns’ own Clark Smith, who will be graduating after this season.
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When he arrives at Texas, Carman will train alongside Townley Haas, a 2016 U.S. Olympian and NCAA Champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles. As a freshman, Haas smashed the American Record in the 200 yard freestyle, lowering the mark to a 1:30.46. He then went on to swim the 200 free and 800 free relay at the Rio Olympics, winning 800 free relay gold alongside Longhorn teammates Smith and Jack Conger.
In addition to Haas, Carman will also have a handful of training partners who were A-finalists in the 500 free at last season’s Big 12 meet. That group includes Max Holter, Jeff Newkirk, and NCAA qualifier Jonathan Roberts.