Anne Lepesant (SwimSwam.com) — Courtney Caldwell (left) has announced via social media that she is transferring to the University of Southern California in the fall.
“I am thrilled to announce my commitment to continue being a student-athlete at the University of Southern California. I feel blessed to have this opportunity & cannot wait to join the Trojan family in LA—FIGHT ON!”Caldwell swam for two seasons at North Carolina State University, where she was an All-American and an ACC record-breaker. As a freshman in 2015-16 she qualified for NCAAs in the 100 back and was a member of the 400 free and 400 medley relays that earned All-America honors at the 2016 NCAA Championship.She was also on the 400 free relay that won gold at 2016 ACCs with a conference record. In 2016-17, she qualified for NCAAs in the 50/100/200 free and picked up honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 free, placing 13th with 47.80.She also earned All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Championship as part of the 200 free relay (4th place) and the 400 free relay (5th place). At 2017 ACCs she won conference titles in the 200 free relay, 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay, breaking school and meet records in both freestyle relays.Caldwell did not compete in 2017-18 due to injury; she has two years left of NCAA eligibility. She will be a formidable duo with Louise Hansson, the Trojans’ top 50/100/200 freestyler, 200 IMer, 100/200 flyer, and 200 backstroker for 2017-18. Caldwell’s best 100 back time would have led the Trojans last season, and she would have been second to Hansson in the 50/100 free.Top SCY (short course yards) times: 50y free – 21.99; 100y free – 47.75; 200y free – 1:47.66; 100y back – 51.35 SwimSwam.com