Carter Swift has taken a liking to the pools of the United States.
Swift, representing Eastern Michigan, cleaned up at the recent Mid-American Conference, claiming three gold medals, two silver and two bronze on the way to collecting the title of MAC Freshman Swimmer of the Year, sharing the Most Outstanding MAC Swimmer of the Year trophy and earning selection into the MAC First Team.
To put those achievements into perspective, Swift raced against freshman, sophomore, junior and senior swimmers from his own university as well as those from Ball State, Miami, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Evansville.
The Shepparton export is also the first freshman from Eastern Michigan to win an individual gold medal at this particular event — of which he snared two — and swam a personal best time in each of his events.
The outstanding results had Swift soar up the American college rankings.
For males aged 19 and younger, Swift ranks 16th in the 200-yard freestyle, 19th in the 100-yard freestyle and 23rd in the 50-yard freestyle.
With the college summer break looming at the end of next month, Swift will attempt to keep his momentum going during his next training period before returning to Shepparton for the holidays.
●It was certainly a busy week for the Swift family.
Carter’s brother Brennan attempted to qualify for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the event’s trials at the new Southport venue on the Gold Coast.
Brennan swam a personal best in his 200m freestyle, while ranking 22nd and 23rd in the 100m and 50m butterfly, respectively.
The performance was an admirable one considering his full-time work commitments have impacted on his training regime.