Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter continued with his good form for the University of Southern California with 5 victories with back to back meets on Nov 4 and 5.
Carter’s Trojans hosted Arizona State first on Friday then the University of Arizona on Saturday Nov 5 at their home pool, the Uytengsu Aquatic Center.
In the first event the Trojans A team of Ralf Tribunstov backstroke (47.87), Carsten Vissering breaststroke (53.79), Carter butterfly (47.06) and Santo Condorelli freestyle (44.02) clocked the 12th fastest time in Division I of 3:12.74.It was Dylan’s leg that was the game changer as he assumed the lead which they never relinquished to get the victory over the visitors who posted a time of 3:13.17.
The 200 yard freestyle relay would see the Trojans make an even greater impact on the national rankings. Dylan would produce the fastest leg of the competition with a 3rd leg split of 19.53. All his teammates would also break the 20 second barrier as the combined times of Condorelli (19.92), Tribunstov (19.90) and Kyle Grissom (19.58) resulted in a 1:18.93 performance. That places the team 3rd nationally.
In the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle he would finish 2nd and 3rd in NCAA B cuts of 1:37.59 and 48.25 respectively. The Trojans would lose the contest on 142 to 156.
Saturday would have the team bouncing back to winning ways. The relay line-up was retained for the 400 yard medley and they won in 3:14.50.Dylan’s split this time was 47.75. He returned to win the 200 yard freestyle by exactly 2 seconds in 1:36.60 (split time 47.09). Each of the 3 times that Carter has swum this event this season he recorded a NCAA B time. He would barely miss another B standard time when he won the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 20.21.He was just outside the cut of 20.19.The Trojans ended the weekend with a victory as they won the meet 165 to 129.
Dylan when asked about his recent college performances said
“living in your comfort zone is like being dead, so might as well push the limits.!”
The next assignments for the Olympian will include the Texas Invitational from Dec 1 to 3 and then national duties at the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships from Dec 6 to 11 in Windsor Canada.