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Breaststroker Eva Carlson of The Dolphins Portland Swimming has verbally committed to the UCLA Bruins for 2021. The Catlin Gabel junior joins Gizem Guvenc, Ashley Stenstrom and Kathryn Lundh in UCLA’s class of 2025.
I chose UCLA because everything felt like it fell into place. The team welcomed me with open arms and made Los Angeles feel like home. I also really connected with the coaching staff and have complete confidence in them and their vision for the program.
TOP TIMES (SCY)
- 100y breast – 1:00.43
- 200y breast – 2:12.49
- 100y fly – 55.74
- 50y free – 23.85
- 200y IM – 2:03.39
Carlson made huge gains recently at the 2019 Speedo Junior Winter Championships – West. In the 100 breast, for example, she went from 1:01.85 from March of 2019 to 1:00.43 at the meet, taking almost 1.5 seconds off of her old best. In the 200, she took her old best of 2:15.12 down to the 2:12.49 that she’s at now. She would’ve made B-finals at the 2019 Pac-12 Champs in both breast events with her current bests.
In February, as a sophomore with Catlin Gabel, Carlson won Oregon HS 1-4A titles in the 100 breast (1:04.00) and the 200 IM (2:07.51). She also went on to place 12th in the 100 breast this summer (1:11.00) at the 2019 Speedo Junior National Championships.
UCLA is led by Claire Grover in the sprint breaststroke. Grover is a current sophomore, returning after going a lifetime best 59.50 to place fourth in the 100 breast at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships. The Bruins just graduated 200 breaststroker Emma Schanz after last season, and Carlson’s times right now would’ve made her #2 in both breaststrokers on the Bruin roster last season.
Carlson will have a season of overlap with Grover when she gets to campus in fall of 2021. She’ll also get three years with incoming freshman breaststroker Bailey Herbert, a Canadian with long course bests of 1:09.11 and 2:28.67.
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