Peachtree Ridge’s Carrington BeVier (Background image taken at Lake Lanier Islands. (Staff Photo Illustration: Brendan Sullivan/Nicole Puckett)
As many young athletes do, Carrington BeVier found she had a talent for more than one sport.
The Peachtree Ridge senior spent a good chunk of her youth doubling up on swimming and soccer, sharing her time between SwimAtlanta and Atlanta Fire United. A typical week was four days of swimming practice and two days of soccer practice, followed by games and meets on the weekends.
“It was impossible,” BeVier said. “It was time-consuming. That’s why I quit. I was never free.”
What BeVier quit was soccer.
She did quite well in that sport, but took the opposite path from her twin brother Collin, a senior soccer player at Peachtree Ridge. She doesn’t miss soccer too much now, only occasionally when she watches Collin’s games.
BeVier has carved her own niche in swimming, including a state high school championship in the 100-breaststroke last season.
“I liked that it was year-round,” BeVier said of choosing swimming over soccer. “I had a lot friends into it as well. I had to pick between the two when I was 13 and I liked swimming more. I could just see myself being in this kind of sport more than soccer. The coaches here compared to the coaches there, they made it so much more fun than me.”
The payoff for her swimming choice came pretty quickly.
BeVier moved up a training group at SwimAtlanta thanks to a quick improvement in her times. Her previously shared practice time became solely devoted to swimming.
It was during that time, BeVier said, that she began thinking of college swimming. It’s been a goal ever since, and it was realized recently when she committed to South Carolina. She only seriously considered the Gamecocks and Kentucky.
“When I quit soccer, I knew I wanted to swim in college,” said BeVier, whose older brother Bryce is a swimmer at Tennessee. “That’s why I stuck with swimming. I knew I’d be better at it in the future than soccer. … It was really easy decision (to choose South Carolina) once I went on my trips. I liked the athletic facilities, the coaches, the team, just everything.”
BeVier, who moved to Gwinnett from Nashville as an 8-year-old, now can focus on other goals after she signs this month with South Carolina.
One of those is the upcoming ACT, though academics are one of her strong suits, too. A hopeful biology/pre-med major, she maintains a 3.9-plus GPA and ranks in the top 100 academically in Peachtree Ridge’s 800-plus member senior class.
Along with her Peachtree Ridge teammates, she also has pretty lofty goals for high school swimming. The Lions finished as state runner-up last season, leaving a Class AAAAAA state title as the obvious goal for the upcoming season.
BeVier is one of 10 senior girls who want to finish with a title.
“We really want to win state,” BeVier said. “We’ll have a lot of qualifiers. As long as we can get our team to think about that goal, it’s possible. It was tough getting second last year, but it just made us want it even more this year I think. I know Savannah (Ruedt), Haley (McInerny), Tinsley (Flint) and I really want it. Savannah, Tinsley and I are seniors and Haley’s a junior. She’ll be the only one left when we graduate and we’re really good friends, so it would be a really fun year if we won state.”
BeVier did her part in last year’s state meet with the 100 breaststroke title, as well as a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley. She also swept the Gwinnett County titles in both those events as a junior.
Peachtree Ridge coach Jeremy Laird is counting on his talented team, which also includes fellow Daily Post Super Six selections Ruedt and McInerny, to make a state title push this season.
“I think they’re like the boys team a couple of years ago,” Laird said. “The boys team (which featured Bryce BeVier) was second junior year, then came back to barely beat Parkview for the state title their senior year. The girls have got that on their minds. … That’s their goal. They want to repeat what the boys did a couple of years ago.”
BeVier has other long-term goals in swimming as she moves onto the college level. She is excited about the college dual-meet atmosphere, which will be particularly interesting when South Carolina swims against older brother Bryce’s Tennessee Volunteers.
She could have reached a similar level in soccer, but she doesn’t mind not knowing how that would have gone.
“I made the right decision for sure,” BeVier said. “Swimming was the best sport for me.”