On Saturday Feb 18 Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter closed out the regular season with a new pool record in the 50 yard freestyle as the University of Southern California defeated Utah 181 to 118.
Competing in only event at the contest Carter stopped the clock in 19.42 breaking the 2012 pool record of former Trojan Olympian Russian Vladimir Morozov. Vladimir was the 2012 PAC-12 champion in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. Later in 2012 the Russian would take the 50 metre freestyle crown at the World Short Course Championships. The victory by Carter marked his 10th individual collegiate victory for the season. Of the 10 victories, only one was not under NCAA B standard. His current rankings heading into the Pac -12 Championships which will be held from March 1-4 in Federal Way Washington are as follows.
|50 yard freestyle||19..32||11th|
|100 yard freestyle||42.14||4th|
|200 yard freestyle||1:32.61||2nd|
|100 yard butterfly||45.27||4th|
In speaking to draftingthecaribbean Carter had the following thoughts about the meet record
“We were all looking at the pool records leading into the meet and thought it would be possible to get a few of them. Not a firm goal but it was definitely on our minds to try to set some new marks in our home pool.”
When asked about the upcoming Pac-12 conference championships and NCAA Division 1 championships to be held in Indianapolis from March 22 to 25 the junior said
“I’m hoping to score as many points as I can for my team to place us in a good position in the team scoring. I have some specific time goals in mind for NCAAs but I’ll keep that to myself”
In terms of the national representation in the summer at home in Trinidad and Tobago at CCCAN from July 1-6 and participating at the 17th World Championships from July 23 to July 30 Dylan said
“Definitely will be attending world champs, and CCCAN looks likely as well. It will be fun to race at home in our new Aquatic Centre so I look forward to that as well as traveling to Budapest and competing on the world stage”
When asked about the possibility of swimming on a male relay team for his country which is laden with talent from the collegiate to age group level Carter offered these thoughts
“I think having a relay compete at the World Championships would be phenomenal for the sport of swimming in Trinidad. I’m good friends with lots of the other national swimmers and look forward to them swimming the cuts so we can put a relay together”.
At the Pac-12 Conference Championships Dylan has been won Gold medals in the 400 yard freestyle relay in 2014 and the 800 yard freestyle relay in 2014 and 2015. The overall conference record in the 400 yard freestyle relay of 2:47.06 belongs to the 2015 team which Carter was the anchor. The Trojan relay teams with Dylan Carter’s support have the following PAC- 12 record
|Overall Conference Record||Championship Record|
|400 yard freestyle record||2:47.06 (2015)||N/A|
|800 yard freestyle record||6:11.54 (2015)||6:12.54 (2014)|