Juniors Qualifier Vidar Carlbaum Commits to Swim for Indiana in Fall of 2023

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Vidar Carlbaum of Hinsdale, Illinois, has committed to join the Indiana University-Bloomington swim team in the fall of 2023.

“I loved the team atmosphere and the coaches see a lot of potential in me,” Carlbaum told SwimSwam. “I started swimming in December of 2021 as a way to make new friends when I moved to the US from Sweden. If I have the opportunity I want to represent my country on a national level. That’s why I think Indiana is a great fit for me when it comes to development. “

Swimming for his school team, Hinsdale Central High School, at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys State Championships this past February, Carlbaum helped lead his team to the title. The meet, held at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont, saw all three relay records broken by the Hinsdale team.

Carlbaum swam the backstroke leg in the medley relay, splitting a 22.88, with the team touching in a 1:29.40. In the 200 free relay he swam the second leg, clocking a split of 20.11. His last swim of the meet was in the 400 free relay where he led off in a 45.00, clocking the fastest flat start in the field. Individually, Carlbaum added a third place in the 50 free to his three relay wins. His bronze medal winning time was 20.51, after having swam in prelims at 20.43, which is his best time.

The pool in Westmont doesn’t just hold the best times in yards for Carlbaum though.  Representing Hinsdale Swim Club at the TYR Pro Swim Series held in April of this year, he swam a personal best in the 50m free (23.48) and made it back to finals in the 50 back. He ultimately finished in 14th place touching in a new personal best of 26.04.

Best SCY Times:

  • 50 Free – 20.43
  • 100 Free – 44.93
  • 50 Back – 22.51
  • 100 Back – 49.39

When Carlbaum arrives on campus this fall, he will join strong backstroke and sprint-free groups for the Indiana Hoosiers. At the 2023 Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers placed two swimmers into both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ finals of the 100 back. The team also brought back five swimmers in the 50 free, with two in the A-final and three in the B.

Carlbaum is closest to qualifying for finals in the 50 free, where he is just .02 away from tying for 24th. In both the 100 back and 100 free, he is .5 away from qualifying for finals.

At NCAAs, the Indiana men finished in 4th, five points behind Texas. The team was led by senior Brendan Burns,  who set the pool record (43.61) on his way to the 100-back crown. Burns will overlap with Carlbaum for one year, as Burns recently revealed he will use his last year of eligibility and stay at Indiana.

Joining Carlbaum on the team this year is a large crop of newcomers including #17 Toby Barnett, “Best of the Rest” recruit Elliot Weisel, William Raches, Lucas Byrd, Dylan Smiley, Max Cahill, Sean Sullivan, Honza Zika, Utkarsh Patil, Leo Pelaez, and Max Lestina.

Also joining this group is the now technically eligible Ahmed Hafnaoui.

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John Pork
11 months ago

So proud of my glorious king! Sweetie pie is going to unbelievable things in Bloomington

Nojus Bertulis
11 months ago

oh wow big hoosier guy. heard he went 17 off push yesterday at prac.

11 months ago

He and one of my friends are about to be roommates. Congrats Vidar!

11 months ago

IU posting an absolutely massive incoming class, and with the addition of Hafnaoui’s eligibility, will be coming after top 3 at NCAAs with a vengeance this coming season

The General
Reply to  Yaboi
11 months ago

Let’s go Hoosiers!!

Reply to  Yaboi
11 months ago

Agreed but losing Capobianco and Mathias hurts in a big way, especially relays

Swimmy Jimmy
11 months ago

Great pickup for IU

11 months ago

Reminds me of a Finn Brooks late-bloomer kind of swimmer. Can see him on sprint relays in a couple of years tbh

Vidar Carlbaum Fanboy/Fangirl
11 months ago

Huge addition for Indiana! This guy has some serious potential. “The Swede Speed”.

Fun Fact: This kid loves touring landmarks in Minneapolis!

He will transform that Indiana spring group. Congratulations Vidar!!!

11 months ago

Grattis önskar Daniel och resten av släkten.