Senior Jared Carvitto has been swimming for 11 years, participated in three triathlons and won Male SCIAC Swimmer of the Year for 2006. Carvitto set University of La Verne school records in the 100-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley. Carvitto is also a member of the water polo team, and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.
When it comes to athletes in the University of La Verne’s history, many athletes may come to mind. There are the well known ones such as former football and track standout Anthony Rice, but then there are the new comers that only few know and all need to hear.
Yes, La Verne has the popular sports of football, basketball and baseball (in which all sports excel conference play), but what about what goes on at the pool a few blocks away?
One of these history breaking athletes is senior swimmer and water polo player Jared Carvitto.
“Jared is one of the hardest workers that I’ve met,” said Bonita High School swimming head coach Casey Heimen.
Carvitto grew up in the state of Washington were he, like other young kids, competed in all kinds of sports.
Born a natural athlete he was always competitive. Carvitto enjoyed all kinds of sports, including hockey. The only problem was that his parents would not let him participate.
Carvitto then discovered a sport that would later lead him to where he stands today.
Aquatic sports are popular with athletes in Calif, but not so much in the cold state of Washington.
Carvitto’s brother, Justin, introduced him to swimming and water polo.
Carvitto started swimming at a young age, but continued in high school to compete with the thought of bigger and better things to come.
“My high school coaches are the ones who helped me out the most,” Carvitto said.
High school was a very successful time for Carvitto, dominating in almost every event. His determination and talent caught the eye of La Verne head coach John Hallman.
Carvitto chose to leave home and come to California to begin his college career.
With the temperature change, Carvitto looked forward to swimming in an outdoor pool versus an indoor pool.
While also being recruited by the University of Redlands, Carvitto ultimately chose La Verne.
At La Verne Carvitto had high standards in and out of the pool.
“La Verne allowed me to play two sports while getting my college education,” said Carvitto, a criminology major.
Little did La Verne know what Carvitto would bring to the table.
“From the get go Jared has been so dedicated,” Hallman said.
Carvitto began his freshman year at La Verne playing both water polo and participating on the swim team.
In the final dual swim meet of his freshman year, La Verne fought hard but lost.
Carvitto still remained on top placing first in both the 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter breaststroke.
He also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle. Carvitto was just getting started.
His sophomore year would bring more success.
During his first SCIAC championship, Carvitto placed first in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.
Carvitto was also a member of the freestyle relay team where he broke the school record, setting a new time of 1:27:55.
With his sophomore season ending with a bang, Carvitto was determined to set his goals a little higher.
In his first meet of his junior season, Carvitto was victorious in the 1,650-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter breaststroke.
Not a bad way to start the season.
With many victories throughout the season, Carvitto would finish first in the 200-meter breaststroke at the SCIAC championships giving him the green light to compete at the national level.
After swimming strong at the Division III championships, Carvitto was ready to finish his La Verne career.
This season would be the best of the four.
Carvitto would help the Leopards to a successful season dominating over all SCIAC competitions.
With Carvitto’s success and winning his final three events, he was named the SCIAC swimmer of the week.
Without any hesitation Carvitto earned SCIAC swimmer of the year, becoming the first swimmer in La Verne history to do so.
Last Friday Carvitto traveled to Minnesota for the second time qualifying in three events for the Division III championship.
Carvitto gave his best effort, earning All-American honors in the 200-meter breaststroke, again becoming the first swimmer in La Verne history to do so.
Throughout the years, he has been a dominant force in the success of the La Verne swim team.
He has swum in more than his fair share of meets.
Carvitto’s history at La Verne includes a long list of victories and achievements.
Next year Carvitto will become the graduate assistant for the La Verne swim team. “Jared trained hard with his club team over the summer and it shows,” Hallman said.
Coach Hallman expressed that he is very excited to have Carvitto as his graduate assistant due to the determination, work ethic and dedication that he gives to those around him.
Carvitto will also begin his master’s degree in criminology and hopes to eventually attend law school.
Carvitto attributes all of his success to his high school, college coaches as well as his brother.
Without his coaches he would not have become the swimmer he is today. As for his brother, the La Verne community thanks him for showing Jared the sport of swimming.
Carvitto has swum for 11 years. Though he will miss it, he will still be a success in other forms.
Carvitto’s fondest memories of his career are not of those swimming but rather the team dinners.
“I love home cooked food,” Carvitto said.
Carvitto leaves La Verne as the best swimmer to attend this University earning not only All-American honors in swimming but as well as water polo.
Carvitto looks forward to helping out in any way possible. Though Carvitto’s physical talent will be missed, his determination to make a difference will be noticed.
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