Backstroke/Individual Medley
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Merida, Venezuela
High School: Arlington Martin
Major: Business Administration


Honors & Awards

  • One Letter (2017)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2017)
  • Herman Team GPA Award (2017)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)

2017-18 (Outlook)
Carla Gonzalez-Garcia was a contributor in the backstroke and freestyle events in her first season with the Huskers in 2016-17. The sophomore from Merida, Venezuela by way of Arlington, Texas, hopes to shave seconds off her times while providing a greater impact in several events for the Big Red in 2017-18. A member of the Venezuelan National Team at the 2015 Pan American Games, Gonzalez-Garcia got off to a strong start in the classroom and the community for the Huskers last season.

2016-17 (Freshman)
Carla 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 land fifth place at Regionals by reeling in the 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. Gonzalez-Garcia is 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 was 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. A business administration major, Carla earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2016-17. She was a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017. She chose Nebraska over Rutgers and South Carolina.

Career-Best Times

Event Time Meet (Date)
100 Free 53.39 South Dakota State (2016)
200 Free 1:50.60 Big Ten Championships (2017)
100 Back 55.66 Kansas Classic (2016)
200 Back 2:00.51 Kansas Classic (2016)


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