Ian Carbone, a senior swimmer for Mount Desert High School, signed a national letter of intent Friday to attend Duquesne University, a private university of more than 10,000 students located in the Bluff section of Pittsburgh.
Carbone, who won a Class B state title as sophomore in the 500 freestyle and who as junior won gold medals in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley, will join a Duquesne team that competes in the Atlantic Ten Conference. Duquesne is ranked 25th nationally in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association poll of mid-major programs.
“No one deserves it more. He has a great work ethic and he is very focused. I am pleased for Ian and his family,” MDI swim coach Tony DeMuro commented following Ian’s signing. As a member of the Trojans, a program with a tradition of fast swimmers, Carbone swims breaststroke, freestyle and individual medley.
On Carbone’s transition to college swimming, DeMuro remarked, “His breaststroke is phenomenal. Obviously, I think in college breaststroke is primary for him and maybe an individual medley.”
DeMuro noted Carbone’s dedication to both the training regiment and the technical focus required for swimmers to excel as variables which distinguish the senior who started his swimming as an age-group racer at the MDI YMCA.
The location and the people associated with the Duquesne program were influences in his decision, Carbone explained. In 2009, Dusquesne finished third in the Atlantic Ten Conference Championship. However, the talented athlete acknowledged his more immediate goals. “I am continuing to try to improve, get faster and help my team win.”
MDI athletic director Bunky Dow complimented Carbone not only for his swimming talents but noted his classroom and citizenship standing as well.
“We are very proud and pleased for Ian. He is the first swimmer from MDI to accomplish this feat. He is an outstanding swimmer, school citizen and student. Ian is respected and looked up to by all our students.”