NC’s Alayna Carlson Changes Verbal Commitments from LSU to ECU

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Alayna Carlson, a senior at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, has changed her college decision. After initially making a verbal commitment to Louisiana State in August 2020, she’ll be re-routing much closer to home to East Carolina. ECU cut the swimming & diving program in May 2020, but reinstated the women’s team in January 2021.

Carlson will join the Pirates this fall.

I am extremely blessed to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic careers at East Carolina University! I’d like to thank my family, friends and coaches for helping me get to where I am today. Go pirates💜

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 23.85
  • 100 free – 52.71
  • 50 back – 26.71
  • 100 back – 56.78
  • 200 back – 2:04.77
  • 100 fly – 58.09

Carlson swims for coach Mike Laubacher in the North Raleigh Senior Elite group at Marlins of Raleigh.

In high school swimming, she has competed at the North Carolina HS 4A State Champs all four years. Her highest finish was 9th in the 100 back (56.82) at the 2019 state meet.

Carlson should immediately be an impact player for the Pirates, who are rebuilding after their temporary program cut led to a mass exodus of transfers last summer and fall (at least 29). Even before any program cuts, her best times in the 50 free and 100 back would’ve ranked her fourth and third on the ECU roster during the 2019-20 season.

Carlson joins Grace Weed of Florida for this coming fall at ECU.

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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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