The Other Shoe Drops: Carson Foster Makes Verbal Commitment to Texas

Less than a month after his older brother, Jake Foster, announced his intention to swim for the University of Texas in the class of 2023, and putting to rest all the will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, Carson Foster sent out his verbal commitment to the Longhorns via social media today.

“I’m so proud to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the University of Texas!  So thankful for my family, coaches, and friends who have helped me get to where I am today!  Can’t wait to be a part of such a great team, culture, and history!  HOOK’EM?? #UT2024”

Foster, who swims for Mason Manta Rays and Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been on a tear over the last year. As a member of Team USA at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Indianapolis last summer, he won an individual silver medal in the 200m backstroke (1:57.87), as well as two relay medals: gold in the men’s 4×100 medley and silver in the men’s 4×200 free. Also last summer he won the 100 back, 200 back, 200 fly, and 200 IM at Summer Juniors; he placed third in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 fly.

The high school sophomore is a coming off a highly successful meet at 2018 Ohio State High School Division I Championships where he won the 200 free (1:34.19) and 500 free (4:20.21). He set the state record in the 200 and narrowly missed Grant House’s 2017 state mark of 4:19.15 in the 500. Foster led off Cincinnati Sycamore’s 3rd-place medley relay in 21.99 and anchored the 4th-place 400 free relay in 43.89.

Event Best SCY times Best LCM times
400 IM 3:44.16 4:21.10
200 IM 1:43.79 2:01.46
200 back 1:41.66 1:57.87
100 back 47.15 55.61
50 back 21.80 26.48
200 fly 1:46.87 1:58.47
500 free 4:20.21 3:58.14
200 free 1:33.76 1:50.44
100 free 44.98 50.76
50 free 20.28 23.68

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3 years ago

Damn. Good for the Fosters. Eddie’s hanging around a while then?

Reply to  Joe
3 years ago

No coach is guaranteed tomorrow. UT is a great school with one of the greatest swimming traditions. With or without Eddie these young men will thrive!

Reply to  Joe
3 years ago

I spoke to one of the parents of one of my friends who is going to Texas next year and she said that Eddie told them that as long as he wakes up in the morning with a smile on his face he will continue to coach. It is not as if Eddie is going to suddenly decide ot do somthing else, and he definitely still seems to enjoy what he’s doing. As long as he is healthty and happy, I see no reason why he doesn’t continue and I am sure he thinks the same.

Reply to  Rachel
3 years ago

What an amazing comment from Eddie, how could you not want to swim for the guy when you hear stuff like that?

Reply to  Dudeman
3 years ago

Apparently my friend was so excited when he got the phone call confirming his spot that he told Eddie he was going to make him smile every day.

Reply to  Dudeman
3 years ago

When you watch his breastroke group.

Reply to  Bigly
3 years ago

Current American record holder short course and fastest American long course 100 + 200 breastroker so far this year….yeah it’s the breastroke group

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3 years ago


3 years ago

I expect these two to contend for Tokyo

Reply to  pvdh
3 years ago


3 years ago

jeez that is a huge pickup, those brothers are gonna be so good

Reply to  Yooz
3 years ago

ALREADY so good! Insane when you look at those times – Carson only a sophomore…

Phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  SwimGeek
3 years ago

He is? Holy smoke! I was looking at his times and thinking he was a senior.

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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