MAC Frosh of the Year Carter Swift Heads to ASU after EMU Fallout

In yet another wrinkle this off-season, ASU’s incoming class will grow by one more with a recent announcement from former Eastern Michigan student-athlete Carter Swift, who has decided to transfer to ASU from EMU.

He joins Cody BybeeCole KilburnEddie MichaelElijah WarrenEthan LucGage KohnerJack EdgemondJack KucharczykJack LittleJackson EtterJakob IcimsoyKhalil FonderLiam Bresette, Noah Desman, and Noah Henry. While not all of the aforementioned newcomers are soon-to-be-freshmen will four years of eligibility, there are still a whopping sixteen swimmers coming on board to the ASU men’s team for the 2018-19 season.

Swift, who hails from Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, was named the 2018 MAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year after a standout first season with the Eagles. At the 2018 MAC Championships, Swift won the 100 and 200 free conference titles and was essential on EMU’s relays.


  • 50y free – 19.98
  • 100y free – 43.65
  • 200y free – 1:35.42

EMU, though, cut their men’s team after the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, a move that has been met with great opposition from team members, alums, other coaches, and the larger swimming community. For example, just last week at a rally on EMU’s campus, Michigan head coach Mike Bottom donated $10,000 to help save the program.

Swift’s decision has been made, though, whether or not EMU is able to reinstate their program.

“I chose ASU because I fell in love with what they offer academically and athletically. The team and coaching staff is amazing and will give me the greatest opportunity to accomplish my goals in and out of the water. Forks Up!”

Swift brings in very solid sprint free power to the Sun Devils, and is an intriguing get as the Australian has only had one NCAA season training and racing in short course yards. He has three years of eligibility remaining.




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5 years ago

A lot of drama here…most B1G teams start with a dirty dozen and by the time they hit senior year they have 2 or 3 left….nobody tracks it but its there on every web site! Look at top 5 NC teams track the freshman

Reply to  Remiws
5 years ago

It’s funny how a lot of the drama seems to be coming from you…REMIWS…

Reply to  Justin
5 years ago

wow Justin just took this for a test drive and so far proves to be true not sure how that relates.

Y’all already know who it is
5 years ago

He has a hard time keeping track of his top of his maybach so something to keep an eye out for

5 years ago

He will make an excellent member of the team at ASU. He was an exceptional training partner and even better friend. I look forward to watching him succeed at ASU in the coming years. #TruASU

5 years ago

I’ve heard Cierra runge won’t swim college. Even if she does I believe she will only get one year of eligibility since it is her second transfer

5 years ago

Katherine Wagner has announced on instagram she is transferring from ASU to Minnesota

Reply to  Welllllll
5 years ago

Nothing like one upping her announcement

5 years ago

ASU is the new Michael Andrew. Every article brings out tons of opinion

5 years ago

Interesting times ahead, EMUs loss of its team has been devastating to all involved .. but wishing all his team mates the best wherever they end up, will keep an eye on your progress, and that invitation to visit us in Australia/New Zealand stands for you all including coach peter!! Eaglesout ..And ASU we can’t wait to meet you guys, and see the best that Arizona has to offer ..forksup

Reply to  Michelle
5 years ago

I was talking to carter today before he texted you about the commitment and he has a whole presentation made For why they need to change it to forks down

Reply to  Connor
5 years ago

They have no idea what they’ve let themselves in for :D.. and I’m sure he’s learnt a few tricks off you boys ha

5 years ago

Just let the records show that he may be a MAC champ in the 200 free but i was undefeated against him in that event this year… he doesnt want to lose again so he left

Reply to  Papi
5 years ago

He didn’t beat me in a single race this year, in any event.

Becky D
Reply to  sven
5 years ago

Really? Me too!

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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