NCAA Champion, Pan Ams Gold Medalist Daniel Carr Announces Retirement

by Spencer Penland 10

May 02nd, 2022 News

NCAA Champion Daniel Carr has announced his retirement from competitive swimming via his Instagram account yesterday. Carr competed at the U.S. World Championships Trials this past week, finishing 5th in the 100 back and 8th in the 50 back.

After 17 years of competitive swimming, the time has come for me to retire. I’m so stoked to start the next chapter in my life with the person I love most. On to the next ✈️

Carr had a phenomenal NCAA career with Cal, using all 5 years of eligibility he was permitted due to the Coronavirus pandemic. During those 5 years, Carr helped Cal win the 2019 and 2022 NCAA Championships, as well as the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Pac-12 Championships. Individually, Carr was a two-time Pac-12 champion, winning the 200 back and 200 IM at the 2020 Pac-12 Championships. He was also a key relay contributor for the Bears, having swum on 12 Pac-12 winning relays during his career. He also was on Cal’s 200 free relay at the 2021 NCAA Championships, helping the team win and set a new school record with an 18.51 split.

He was also a member of Cal’s 200 free relay at the 2022 NCAAs, which re-broke the school record and tied the Pac-12 record. Carr helped the 200 medley relay to a 3rd place finish in a new school record as well. Individually, Carr finished 3rd in the 200 back and 12th in the 100 back at the 2022 NCAA Championships. He is the 10th-fastest performer all-time in the SCY 200 back with his personal best of 1:37.87.

Outside of his NCAA accomplishments, Carr represented the U.S. at the 2019 Pan American Games, where he would win 3 Gold medals. He claimed victory in the men’s 100 back and 200 back, and led-off the winning 4×100 medley relay.

In terms of helping Cal to their NCAA team title in 2019, Carr played a critical role. In prelims of the 100 back at that meet, Carr was granted a re-swim after a failure to remove the backstroke wedge mid-race caused Carr to mess up his turn at the 50. He would go on to swim fast enough in the re-swim to qualify for the ‘A’ final, giving Cal some much needed points as they tried to dethrone Texas. The swim was so good in fact that Cal head coach Dave Durden slipped on the deck while celebrating, which you can see in the video below:

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6 months ago

A swimmer as good as Daniel Carr could have made an ok living (or better) between the World Cup and the ISL.

6 months ago

Can’t wait to have you up in the stands with us now. Get that bear suit ready.

6 months ago

Cal legend!!!!!!!!! Go Daniel and Go Bears!

6 months ago

The reswim in 2019 will always stand out as what felt like the turning point in the meet for the championship title. Between that and then the tumultuous 2020 season being cut short, what a great demonstration of tenacity from Carr and an excellent swim career to be immensely proud of. Best of luck in future endeavors!

Some Guy
6 months ago

Really sells the idea that making the worlds team would have kept him around. Best of luck in next chapter, and thank you for one of my favorite swimming videos of all time!

6 months ago

A class act, who always represented the Golden Bears well.

James Beam
Reply to  JimCorbeau
6 months ago

I’ll like to understand the rationale behind giving a thumbs down to this statement….Daniel is a class act and what the sport is all about.

Reply to  James Beam
6 months ago

It’s possible it was done in error while scrolling through the comments. I did that on a comment yesterday and couldn’t undo it – so I hit the thumbs up as well.

6 months ago

No scary back stroke wedges in retirement.

6 months ago

Best to you in the next chapter of your life !