Swimming & Diving
Nick Caruso - Swimming & Diving - University of Kentucky Athletics

NickCaruso

  • position Freestyle
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Gainesville, Fla.
  • Major Kinesiology
  • High school Buchholz High School

Top Times (SCY):
200 Freestyle: 1:37.23 (Ohio State Invitational, 11/19/21)
500 Freestyle: 4:18.73 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/16/22)
1000 Freestyle: 9:04.42 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/19/22)
1650 Freestyle: 15:00.40 (2022 SEC Championships, 2/19/22)

Top Times (LCM):
200 Freestyle: 1:52.05 (Sarasota Shark Invitational, 6/19/21)
400 Freestyle: 3:54.56 (Huntsville Future Championships, 7/29/21)
800 Freestyle: 8:07.50 (Huntsville Future Championships, 7/28/21)
1500 Freestyle: 15:37.98 (Huntsville Future Championships, 7/31/21)

Career Notes:

  • 2022 SEC Community Service Team

In the Record Book:

  • No. 3 in 1650 free (2022)
  • No. 5 in 500 free (2022)
  • No. 6 in 1000 free (2022)

2021-22 (Freshman): Finished 10th in the 1650 free (15:00.40) and 13th in the 500 free (4:18.73) at the SEC Championships … Placed 16th in the mile (15:33.06) at the midseason Ohio State Invitational … Had 10 top-5 finishes throughout the dual meet season, highlighted by winning both the 500 free (4:28.55) and 1000 free (9:11.95) against Cincinnati … Took third in both the 500 free (4:34.86) and 1000 free (9:20.33) in the season opener at Indiana … Won the 1000 free (9:15.05) and was second in the 500 free (4:31.01) versus Miami Ohio … Finished fifth in the 1000 free (9:24.05) in a tilt with Tennessee … Raced to third in the mile (15:22.27) at Louisville … Tabbed to the SEC Community Service Team … Named SEC Male Co-Freshman of the Week on Feb. 1, becoming the first UK male rookie to earn the weekly honor since 2013 … Won the Freshman Award at the program’s annual award banquet.

Prior to UK: Four-time Florida 4A State Championship finalist, earning bronze in the 500 freestyle as a senior … Won both the 200 and 500 freestyle at the FHSAA 4A Region 1 Championships in 2020 … Named team MVP … Also competed for Gator Swim Club where he was a 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier … Swam for the same club and attended the same high school as UK teammate Mason Wilby … Gold medalist in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle at Huntsville Futures in 2021 … Won the 200-meter freestyle at Plantation Sectionals in 2021 … 400-meter and 1500-meter freestyle champion at the 2019 Southern Zone Age Group Championships. 

Personal: Son of Janet and Lawrence Caruso … Has a younger brother, Andrew … Was a National Merit Scholar.

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