Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter made the B final yesterday on Day one of 2015 ARENA Pro Swim Series Minneapolis in the men’s 200 metre freestyle. Carter representing Trojan Swim Club meet had clocked 1:50.84 in the morning heats with a split time of 53.84. That time put him in 9th overall just ahead of American star Michael Phelps who was 10th in 1:51.34. Carter’s time was under the Olympic B standard time in the event of 1:51.75.The meet has been approved as an official qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics
In the B final Carter finished 7th in 1:52.01 with a split time of 53.29.Carter is one of the best junior swimmers the Caribbean region has produced and is now making his mark in senior waters. He holds the CARIFTA 15-17 record at 1:50.35 and the 11-12 record at 2:04.11.Carter has won medals 2013 World Junior Championships as well as the 2014 Youth Olympics.
Also competing in the event was countryman Joshua Romany. Romany representing Tennessee Aquatics finished 45th overall in 1:55.16.The CARIFTA 13-14 200 freestyle record of 1:56.80 was set by Romany at the 2010 CARIFTA Championships. Romany also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2013 World Junior Swimming Championships.
Four time Olympian (2000, 2004,2008 ,2012) George Bovell III also from the twin island Republic saw action but in the 100 metre breaststroke. Bovell was 40th in 1:05.56 split time 30.42. In his most recent of a lengthy list of swimming accomplishments he won bronze in the 50 metre freestyle at the 2015 PAN AM Games.
Finishing just ahead of Bovell was Bermudan national record holder Julian Fletcher of Trojan Swim Club who was 34th in 1:05.45 split 30.66.Fletcher owns all the breaststroke records for Bermuda in both long course and short course formats. The Olympic B standard for this event is 1:02.69
Suriname’s 2012 Olympian Chinyere Pigot (Athens Bulldogs) was 71st in the women’s 100 metre butterfly. She stopped the clock in 1:06.40 split 30.92.Chinyere holds the 50 and 100 yard freestyle at University of Connecticut where she received tutelage from another Caribbean Olympian Janelle Atkinson now Head coach at Fairfield University. The Olympic B standard in this event is 1:00.80. Pigot also competed in the 200 freestyle where she finished 97th in 2:10.14 with a split time of 1:00.79.
Also swimming the 200 metre freestyle was Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore.she finished 106th with a time of 2:19.14 split 1:04.94 .Moore had won the bronze medal at this CARIFTA championships in the 13-14 age group in 2:12.15. The Olympic B standard in this event is 2:03.13.
Her countrywoman Lisa Blackburn (South Florida Aquatics) was 41st in the 100 metre breaststroke.Her split at the 50 metre mark was 35.37. Blackburn holds all the breaststroke records for Bermuda in the long course format.The Olympic B standard in the event is 1:10.22.