COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A former student at Cheyenne Mountain High School has returned to Colorado Springs after competing in Peru for the 2019 Pan American games, and he came back a little heavier thanks to the medals around his neck.
Daniel Carr, 20, is an NCAA Division 1 swimming and diving national champ at the University of California, but he can now call himself a three-time gold medalist.
Carr said, “I mean it feels great, initially, it feels great, but I’m ready to get back and work hard.”
Carr started swimming competitively when he was just eight years old. Since then, it’s become his life.
“I focus all of my schedules around swimming, and if I’m not swimming I’m in the classroom or recovering or sleeping. So, it’s a big part of my life, but I love it,” said Carr.
Representing the United States, and of course Colorado Springs, Carr won gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events and the men’s 400-meter medley relay. He says he couldn’t have done it without the support of the community.
“My mom kind of set up a watch party and a lot of people came to that and it kind of warms my heart to see people cheer for me and the place that I grew up,” Carr said.
But after coming off the high of winning, it’s back to reality as Carr starts to train for his next big accomplishment: getting to the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Carr said, “This meet is obviously the set up for next year in Tokyo, so that’s obviously the end goal.”
But before that, he will compete again this fall at Cal as he and his team are defending National Champs.