SEC Freshman of the Year Olivia Carter Adds Name to NCAA Transfer Database

2019 SEC Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year Olivia Carter has added her name to the NCAA transfer database, signaling her intention to leave the University of Georgia. Carter, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, is the 3rd-fastest 200 butterflier and 6th-fastest 100 butterflier in Georgia history.

Carter’s declaration to leave Georgia comes on the same day as another major shakeup in Athens as long-term associate head coach Harvey Humphries just announced his decision to retire after 40 years connected to Bulldog swimming.

Carter was a major asset to the University of Georgia at the 2019 SEC Championships where she won the 200 fly (1:53.23). Carter also placed 6th in the 100 fly and 11th in the 200 IM at that meet.

At the 2019 NCAA Championship, Carter placed 7th in the 200 butterfly in 1:53.06 and was a career-best 1:52.70 in prelims. Carter also placed 12th in the 100 fly with a 51.77, scoring a total of 17 points at NCAAs for the Bulldogs. Carter ranked 9th on SwimSwam’s list of the top 20 female recruits in the high school graduating class of 2018.

At the 2019 World University Games in July, Carter placed 2nd in the 200 butterfly in 2:09.56, behind victor and fellow Georgia Bulldog Dakota Luther.

Carter told SwimSwam that she would be taking an Olympic Redshirt to train with her club swim team, Enfinity Aquatics in North Carolina. Her appearance in the database, however, means that she is transferring and not simply taking a year away from the NCAA. From Carter:

I am taking an Olympic redshirt this year and staying home to train with Enfinity (my club team). I am so grateful to all the Georgia coaches, staff and team for everything they’ve helped me accomplish this year.

Top Times:

  • 100 Butterfly, 51.77
  • 200 Butterfly, 1:52.70
  • 100 Backstroke, 53.28
  • 200 Backstroke, 1:54.72
  • 200 IM, 1:55.78

The University of Georgia women finished 18th at NCAAs last year with a total of 66 points, 17 of which were scored by Carter individually.

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3 years ago

Best of luck to Olivia.

3 years ago

She will be missed at UGA but we wish her all the best- great girl!

Rick Paine
3 years ago

We work with Olivia and her parents and she is transferring, but taking an Olympic redshirt year.

Reply to  Rick Paine
3 years ago

College Station is a nice place to swim! gig-em!

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  TAMU Fan
3 years ago

I’ll second that👍.

3 years ago

I hear NCstate is beautiful this during the school year

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Muddy Canary
3 years ago

Didn’t realize Georgia placed so low at NCAA’s last year… Used to them being top ten for sure, top five for quite a few years. Wonder if she’ll redshirt and train for trials or try and jump straight into another college program?

Reply to  Muddy Canary
3 years ago

For 20 years the women were first or second….maybe 3rd once in a while but always up there. 2016 1st, 2017 4th, 2018 11th, 18th 2019. They should be top ten this year but this hurts. Good luck to Olivia.

3 years ago

I wonder if there would be fewer transfers if athletes could stay longer on their visits so that they could see more practices and get to know the team and coaches better as well as how the team practices?

Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

No. The only way transfer mighty be reduced is to move back the coach contacts/OV dates. Asking a 15/16 yo to make such a huge decision is so hard.

Reply to  Dan
3 years ago

Some of these OV’s are so early in the school year too… it’s really hard to get a proper gauge of what the school or training is like during the first month of school with a freshman host. I have friends who have transferred out after a semester (multiple different d1 schools), even after being committed for a year plus, because the team culture and practice style was very different in season from what they were sold on their official visits. IMO it would be really interesting to get data on how long athletes were committed, when their OV was and what their reasons for transfer were to see if there’s a correlated basis in fact for so many transfers.

Reply to  hookem91
3 years ago

On the flip side, asking college students to host recruits in season is unfair. Giving up your bed for two nights when you have a meet coming up sorta sucks.

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