Carrie Nixon Joins Swimming & Diving Staff

Carrie Nixon Joins Swimming & Diving Staff

June 11, 2003

Clemson swimming and diving head coach Christopher Ip has announced the addition of Carrie Nixon to his coaching staff. Nixon, who was a 12-time All-American at Notre Dame from 1998-2002, will primarily be responsible for the sprint freestyle, IM and butterfly events.

“Carrie is a winner who knows what it takes to be the best in our sport,” said Ip. “The combination of the skills and traditions she learned at Notre Dame along with our Tiger Pride will make her a great asset to the program. She has a wealth of knowledge and ability and will gain the respect of our athletes the first time they meet her.”

Nixon graduated from Notre Dame in May of 2002 with a triple major in anthropology, pre-medical and computer applications. Following her graduation, Nixon returned to her native, Ouray, CO, to serve as an assistant coach for the Ouray Swimming Team and the Ouray High School volleyball team.

At Notre Dame, Nixon garnered All-America honors two times and was named an Honorable Mention All-American 10 times during her career. She is a former NCAA record holder in the 50 free. From 1998-2002, Nixon won 17 Big East titles and was named the conference’s Female Swimmer of the Year in 2000. Nixon holds Notre Dame records in the 50 and 100 free, and the 100 fly, and is a member of the record-holding 200 and 400 medley, and the 200 and 400 free relay teams.

Nixon was named the women’s swimming most valuable person at Notre Dame in 1999, 2000 and 2002, and was a member of Notre Dame’s Dean’s List in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, she won the Francis Patrick O’Connor Award, which is presented to one female and one male Notre Dame student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership that the university embodies in their actions and inspirations to their respective teams.

At Ouray High School, Nixon was a five-time state champion winning three titles in the 50 free and two in the 100 free. Nixon was named the Colorado High School Swimmer of the Year in 1997 and was the valedictorian of her graduating class that year. She was named the Colorado Sportswoman of the Year in 1996. Nixon was recruited to swim at Michigan, Southern California, Princeton and Brown. She was a volleyball recruit by Texas and UC-Santa Barbara.

“Clemson is a great place with an incredible family atmosphere and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Nixon. “I’m looking forward to helping continue to build the swimming and diving program and take Tigers to the next level by giving the student-athletes every opportunity to succeed.”