Honors & Awards
- Two Letters (2017, 2018)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
- Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (2018)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016, 2017; Spring 2017)
- Herman Team GPA Award (2017)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018)
- Venezuelan National Team (Pan American Games, 2015)
One of Nebraska’s most improved swimmers as a sophomore, Carla Gonzalez-Garcia will hope to produce similar slashes in her times across all her events in 2018-19. The junior from Venezuela by way of Arlington, Texas, shattered her career bests in the 200 freestyle and the 100 and 200 backstrokes last season at the Big Ten Championships. She improved more than 20 positions in all three events at the Big Ten meet compared to her freshman season. Gonzalez-Garcia is also a strong performer in the classroom, earning academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore.
Gonzalez-Garcia performed well for the Huskers in 2017-18, racking up eight top-five finishes, including a victory and a runner-up finish. She set personal bests in three of her four events. Gonzalez-Garcia set three career bests at the 2018 Big Ten Championships with times of 1:48.37 in the 200-yard freestyle, 54.74 in the 100-yard backstroke, and 1:58.87 in the 200-yard backstroke. The two-time letterwinner appeared in multiple relays, including the 200 free, 200 medley, 400 free and the 400 medley. Gonzalez-Garcia earned academic All-Big Ten honors and claimed an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. She is a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Gonzalez-Garcia exploded onto the scene by earning two victories and five runner-up finishes among her 11 top-five finishes as a freshman for the Huskers in 2016-17. During her debut at the Big Ten Championships, Gonzalez-Garcia placed 49th (2:02.20) in the 200 backstroke, 50th (56.16) in the 100 back and 52nd (1:50.60) in the 200 free, setting a career best. Gonzalez-Garcia also got off to a strong start in the classroom and the community, earning spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring before becoming a member of the 2017 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Gonzalez-Garcia swam for James Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, under Coach Jon Ivonen. She was a nine-time district champion at James Martin. Gonzalez-Garcia helped James Martin High School take fifth place at Regionals by reeling in a victory in the 200 individual medley. She earned All-America and all-state honors in Texas and was Arlington’s April 2014 student-athlete of the month. Gonzalez-Garcia was a three-time state finalist. She is also a member of the Venezuelan National Team and went to the 2015 Pan American Games. She was a member of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and an honor student.
The daughter of Maria Garcia and Gilberto Gonzalez, Carla was born Dec. 17, 1997 in Merida, Venezuela. Carla has one older brother, Carlos. An accounting and finance major, Carla earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018. She is a three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. She is a two-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2018). She chose Nebraska over Rutgers and South Carolina.
|100 Free||53.39||South Dakota State (2016)|
|200 Free||1:48.37||Big Ten Championships (2018)|
|100 Back||54.74||Big Ten Championships (2018)|
|200 Back||1:58.87||Big Ten Championships (2018)|