Any time Kyle Carson stepped up on the board before a race, his opponents knew they were in for a rough time.
Matched by few swimmers, Carson became one of the best dual threats at Washington High School – picking up multiple wins in sprints and in distance.
At the 2018-19 Eastern Panhandle Conference Championships alone, Carson picked up two individual first place wins, one first place relay win and one second place relay win to lead the team in a second place finish with 133 points.
At the Region II tournament, Carson excelled once more – picking up first place finishes in his only two contests and a second place win in the boys 400-free relay.
To only look at his final races of the year, however, would be a disservice to the kind of athlete Carson is.
Going back – way back – Carson began competitively swimming before he was even 10 years old.
“I’ve been [consistently] swimming for about eight years. I joined the Jefferson Park summer swim team when I was younger but ending up quitting. I came back to it when I was nine and joined an all-year team.”
After his quick hiatus, Carson’s return to swim would prove to be a love he couldn’t get away from. Now, with his season over, he’ll be moving into the ranks of the Fairmont State swim team.
Last year, the Falcons had a rough go of things going 1-6 overall, beating only Alderson Broaddus on November 10. Fairmont picked up a seventh place finish (570 points) at the GMAC/MEC Championships.
The Falcons currently don’t have a breakout distance or sprint guy on their men’s team, so picking up Carson will be a big move for the Division II school.
The senior holds three school records going into college. He’s claimed the 500 free individual record with a time of 5:09.89, and two relay records: The 200-medley (1:46.90) and 400-free (3:28.38).
He’s most proud of one of his times in the 200-free relay, however – 1:54 and some change according to Carson.
As for his time being over in high school, Carson expanded on his love for the prep level after his big night at regionals.
“My high school experience has been awesome. I love swim. I love the atmosphere and that everyone’s in it together. There’s a lot of companionship.”
What’s next for Carson is largely unknown, but one thing will remain constant – the pool.