Dionisio Carey
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Gannon University’s Bahamian freshman Dionisio Carey ended 2015 by breaking his personal standards. Carey lowered his personal bests at the Wooster Invitational which was held from Dec 3 to 5 in Ohio. In the 400 yard medley relay the Golden Knights A team finished 5th in a time of 3:28.56. It was a massive time drop for the Knights as their previous season best was 3:37.50 set in early November. Carey started off the relay with a backstroke time of 52.63 which had crushed his season best of 54.61.He also lowered his personal best for the 100 yard backstroke of 53.05 set in February 2013. He would lower that even further when he placed 4th in the individual 100 yard backstroke in a time of 52.10.
In the 200 yard medley relay the Golden Knights would see another big time drop. Heading into the Invite their season record was 1:37.05.They took off more than 3 seconds and stop the clock in 1:33.89 and finish 3rd . They were just off the school record by 0.19 of a second set in the 2007-2008 season. Carey again started off the relay splitting a time of 23.83 bettering his best relay start of the season of 24.79. That relay performance was the best backstroke effort of the relays. Dionisio also edged his personal best of 23.84 which he set in February 2013.
Carey also saw improvement in his 200 yard backstroke. He finished 2nd in the B final in a time of 1:57.17.That was another big drop time as his previous season best was 2:04.29.Dionisio finished 6th in the 200 yard individual medley in 2:03.82 .He was faster in the preliminaries having clocked 2:02.64.
Carey won Gold in the 50 metre backstroke in his final year of eligibility at the 2015 CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Barbados. He is the defending 2015 Bahamian national champion in the same event in the 15 and over category. Dionisio also holds the senior national record with a time of 27.40 which he set at the 2013 CARIFTA Championships in Kingston Jamaica.
Gannon which competes in the NCAA Division 2 finished second at the Wooster Invite with 1236.5 points.


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