Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter opened his collegiate season with a win in the 100 yard backstroke as his University of Southern California team competed against Cal Poly on Friday Sep 30 in San Luis Obispo California.
The 6’3 senior had a crushing win in the 100 yard backstroke. He took out the first 50 yards in 22.81 over a second ahead of the field. He would also have the fastest 2nd 50 yards of 24.75 to stop the clock in 47.56. That performance was well under the NCAA Division 1 B time of 48.49.His teammate Patrick Mulcare was runner up in the race in a time of 49.16.
In his first event of the season the 200 yard medley Carter got his Trojans B team to an early lead with split of 22.18.It would not be enough to hold off the A team who won in 1:29.84 .His B team finished 2nd in 1:32.84.
In the last race of the contest, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Trojans A team of Ralf Tribuntsov (45.89), Carter (43.93), Maclin Davis (47.52) and Kyle Grissom (47.59) swimming exhibition posted the fastest time of the day of 3:04.93. Carter had the fastest split of all relay legs. The Trojans won the meet 116 to 81.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics Carter set a new national record in the 100 metre freestyle of 48.80. He also became the fastest English speaking swimmer from the CARIFTA region in the 100 metre backstroke event when he clocked 54.94 (split time26.06) in the heats of the 2016 Canadian Olympic trials.