Lathrop swimmer Katy McCarter signs NLI to the University of New Mexico

Published: Dec. 7, 2020 at 7:08 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - It is not every day that an athlete from Alaska signs their National Letter of Intent to compete on the Division I level. Lathrop High School senior swimmer Katy McCarter joined that small list, signing her NLI to the University of New Mexico.

McCarter will join the Lobos in the Fall semester after spending time with the Lathrop Malemutes and the Midnight Sun Swimming Team. McCarter was rated the second best swimmer out of Alaska by and now takes her accomplishments to New Mexico.

“I know last year I was really stressed out about what school I wanted to go to,” said McCarter about making her decision to sign with New Mexico. “All the research I had to go through. So now that I’ve signed all the papers, it’s a big relief, a big stress reliever.”

One of McCarter’s top accomplishments came in the 2019 Alaska State Championships when she took the gold medal with a time of 24.53 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 high school swim season was effectively cancelled leaving McCarter without a conclusion to her prep career. However, there was an alternative event held in Anchorage, giving swimmers like McCarter a chance to compete after their season’s were lost. In the Alaska State High School Club Invitational, McCarter earned her personal best in the 50 free with a time of 24.14 seconds, taking second in the event.

Katy McCarter’s Last 5 50-yard freestyle event results:

EventTime (Seconds)Date
Alaska State High School Club Invitational24.14Nov. 20-21, 2020
AK Midnight Sun Swimming Team Time Trial 424.97Oct. 4, 2020
Alaska Senior Championships28.47Jan. 24-26, 2020
2019 ASAA State Championship24.53Nov. 8-9, 2019
Alaska Region VI Championships25.53Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2020

Last season, the Lobos took eighth in the Mountain West Conference out of 10 teams for the swim and dive championships. One of the more recent Alaskans to swim for New Mexico was Alyssa Keill, who also competed for Lathrop High School. Keill last swam for the Lobos in 2013.

“I am excited about the pool, I am not going to lie,” said McCarter. “I saw pictures of the pool, it is really big, which is always fun.”

Katy McCarter during a 2018 Region VI swim meet.
Katy McCarter during a 2018 Region VI swim meet.(Aaron Walling/KTVF)

McCarter spent seven season with Midnight Sun Swimming Team (MSST) program, a club team located in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she grew as a swimmer and is serving as an assistant coach for the MSST.

“I think club is like the greatest thing that ever happened to me,” said McCarter about the MSST program. “[I] Had multiple different coaches, different techniques and styles which is always great, but you always have the support you need for swimming.”

McCarter is planning to study occupational therapy at New Mexico.

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