USA Swimming recently featured Hilltoppers swimmer Carter Griffin on its website, discussing his post-swimming career.
From USA Swimming
Carter Griffin’s earliest experience with swimming happened when he wasn’t even supposed to be in the water.
He had accompanied his mother to his older siblings’ club practice, and when she turned her back to talk to someone, he made his move.
“I was swimming in some of my earliest memories,” he said. “I started swimming on my neighborhood summer club team when I was 4. The summer before that, when I was 3, I went to that club’s practice to watch my older siblings swim.
“My mom lost track of me for a minute and when she found me, I had jumped into the fastest kids’ lane in a onesie with a built-in inner tube and was trying to keep up with them.”
Griffin went on to parlay that early love for the water into a college scholarship to swim at the University of Missouri. Not only did he finish his career there as a multiple All-American, but he earned a spot on the 2015 Pan American team – bringing home silver in the 200 backstroke.
But at the conclusion of his senior year in Columbia, Griffin decided he had done about all he could in the sport and decided to walk away from the water. A few months later, he married his longtime fiancé, Hannah, and the two has spent that past year in wedded bliss.
A nutritional sciences major, Carter stayed in Columbia after graduation and has been managing the Chick-Fil-A in town with the goal of owning his own franchise in a few years.
And even though competitive swimming is in his rear-view mirror these days, he said he still has a strong affection for the sport and it will always hold a dear place in his heart.