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Emily Carpenter, a junior at Carrboro High School in Carrboro, North Carolina, has announced her verbal commitment to the University of Texas women’s swimming and diving class of 2026. She will join Chase Davison, Lindsey Hosch, Lydia Jacoby, Meghan DiMartile, and Sienna Schellenger in Austin in the fall of 2022.
Carpenter swims year-round for TAC Titans and specializes mainly in back, free, and IM. She has Winter Juniors cuts in the 100/200 back and Futures cuts in the 100 free, 1000 free, and 100 fly.
She swam the 200/500 free at the 2021 North Carolina High School 1A/2A State Swimming and Diving Championships in February, placing 3rd (1:51.15) and 4th (5:03.66), respectively. As a sophomore, she had been 3rd in the 200 (1:52.12) and runner-up in the 500 (4:55.82).
She went from the high school state meet to Cary Sectionals to Tar Heel States, getting faster with each successive outing. At Tar Heel States (TAC Titans site), she had an outstanding showing, winning three events and finishing second to Charlotte Hook in the 200 IM. She was fastest in the 200 free by over a second with a 1:51.12, claimed the 100 back title in 55.55, and won the 100 free with 51.72. She updated her PBs in the 100 free, 100 back, and 200 IM (2:04.55). At Cary Sectionals, she went best times in the 50 free, 200 free, 500 free, and 400 IM. Also in Cary, she earned a Winter Juniors cut in the 100m back with 1:04.96.
Top SCY times:
- 50 free – 23.61
- 100 free – 51.72
- 200 free – 1:50.15
- 500 free – 4:55.77
- 100 back – 55.55
- 200 back – 1:58.92
- 200 IM – 2:04.55
- 400 IM – 4:23.51
Carpenter will slot into a Texas backstroke group that was led by freshman Olivia Bray (51.04/1:56.76) and junior Julia Cook (51.14/1:51.83) in 2020-21. She will overlap with Bray, Sydney Silver (54.34/1:57.38), Emma Sticklen (53.24/2:04.41), Kelly Pash (53.84), and Miranda Heckman (55.07/2:00.44).
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