Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter returned to action in the pool on Saturday October 1 to challenge the University of California Santa Barbara (UC SB) in their home pool .The day before on Friday Sep 30 his University of California Trojans had defeated California Polytechnic State University 116-81. The newly minted Olympian Carter showed no ill effects from the short turnaround time as he won all 4 events that he contested easily .On his way to victory in his individual events he recorded times that placed him in the top 10 in the nation as well as securing yet another NCAA Division I B standard.
Carter recorded that B cut in the 200 yard freestyle. In a dominating display he was the only swimmer under 49 seconds with his century split of 48.71.He would touch the pads in a time of 1:37.90 more 3 seconds ahead of teammate Walker Bell. That time betters the NCAA Division I B cut of 1:37.99. It also currently stands as the 2nd fastest time in Division I. On Friday Dylan had set the fastest time in the nation for the 100 yard backstroke with his time of 47.56.
In the 100 yard freestyle he showed superior back end speed to beat the field and take the victory. He went out in 22.42 closely trailed by Yoessef Tibazi of UC Santa Barbara. But his last 50 yard of nearly 22 seconds, 23.05 proved to be the difference as he won in 45.47. Tibazi was runner up in 46.09. That swims places him 7th overall in Division I.
In the relays he was still the class of the participants on his butterfly leg. The 200 yard medley relay A team of Ralf Tribunstov backstroke (22.81), Carsten Vissering breaststroke (24.78), Carter butterfly (20.74) and Kyle Grissom freestyle (20.61) touched in 1:28.94. The victory margin was almost 4 seconds over their interstate rivals. Dylan’s butterfly split was the fastest of the 4 teams that raced by over a second.
In the final race the 200 yard freestyle relay the A team of Vissering 21.86, Carter 19.68, Tribunstov 20.48 and Grissom 20.48 enjoyed yet another comfortable win by over 2 seconds. Carter, who had the only sub 20 second split, was the game changing leg on the relay.
The Trojans won easily 179 to 78.Dylan holds the senior national record for his country in the 200 metre freestyle at 1:48.44 set this summer in the Bahamas. He also holds the 15-17 CARIFTA record for the 200 metre freestyle with a time of 1:50.35 set in 2013. At one point in his career he was the fastest 15-16 year old boy ever in the 200 yard freestyle when he won the event at the 2012 SPEEDO Winter Junior Nationals .See link below