On Friday March 24, 2017 Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter earned his first ever medal at the NCAA Division I Championships when he won Silver in the 200 yard freestyle. In Indianapolis the University of Southern California Junior won his first medal in second individual Championships final.
In the final he had race splits of race 44.00 and 47.16 to tie for the Silver in a time of 1:31.16 with Indiana’s Blake Pieroni. The Gold went to Townley Haas of Texas in 1:30.65. Carter’s previous best showing at the Championships was 7th on the B final in 2014.
Dylan joins the Fraser brothers of the Cayman Islands and the University of Florida as the only CARIFTA region swimmers to have won medals in this event at the Championships. Shaune won Gold in 2009 then won Silver in 2010. Brett won Gold in 2011.
Carter also continues a strong tradition at USC of producing Championship finalists. The Trojans have medalled in this event 5 of the last 6 years.
Day 3 of the NCAA Division I Championships saw Aruban Olympian Mikel Schreuders and Jamaican Justin Plaschka achieving their best ever placings at the NCAA Division I championships in the 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly respectively.
Competing in the heats of the 200 yard freestyle at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis the Oranjestad native Schreuders split 46.38 on his way to a total time of 1:34.26 for 23rd place. That is a better placing position than 2016 when he finished 27th overall in a time of 1:35.27 (split time 46.24). The improved time is clear indication of University of Missour improved sprint endurance. Mikel was also just off his personal best time of 1:34.06.
Plaschka’s best performance at the NCAA Division I championships was his 2016 debut effort of 47.26 9 (split time 21.73). That swim had placed him 41st overall. This year he was under the 47 seconds mark posting a time of 46.84 (split time 21.53). Plaschka is the fastest Jamaican of all time in the 100 butterfly in yards, short course metres (25 metre pool) and long course metres.
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The Fighting Irish 200 yard medley relay, with Justin on the butterfly leg (split 20.39) finished 24th in a time of 1:26.20. That is the fastest time by Notre Dame at the Championships in over 5 years.
On Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships being held in Indiana the CARIFTA region sprint force was on show with top swimmers from Aruba, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago in action. It would be Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago who would become the fastest ever swimmer CARIFTA Region to compete at the collegiate level in the 50 yard freestyle.
Heading to Indiana Carter who represents the University of Southern California Trojans was tied with legendary Olympian George Bovell III as the fastest sprinters from the twin island republic at the collegiate level with identical times of 19.32. Dylan recorded that time at the Texas Invite in Dec 2016.
On Thursday March 23 during the heats of the 200 yard freestyle relay Dylan led off the Trojans with a split of 19.08 (split time 9.31). The team was unfortunately disqualified.
In the heats of the individual 50 yard freestyle he would subsequently swim faster. Carter would clock a CARIFTA region best of 19.04 (split time 9.18).This would allow the 6’3 junior to make his first ever NCAA Championship final .It also bettered his best showing and time at the meet.His previous best was 19th in 2014 in a time of 19.41 (split time 9.39). He would maintain that position in the night posting a time of 19.08 (split 9.21). The previous best time from the region was 19.30 by Shaune Fraser of the Cayman Islands who recorded 19.30 while representing the University of Florida in 2009. Dylan’s swim also marked the first Championship finalist in the event for the Trojans since 2013 when Vlad Morozov won the event. Carter is now the 2nd fastest swimmer of all time at USC.
In the 400 yard medley relay Championship final the Trojan team of Ralf Tribuntsov backstroke 44.76, Carsten Vissering breaststroke 51.23, Carter butterfly 44.81 and Santo Condorelli freestyle placed 4th in a new school record of 3:02.20. That crushed the old mark of 3:04.51 set at the PAC -12 championships earlier this month. Carter’s butterfly split then was 45.23. It is the best placing for the Trojans at Championships since 2013 when they placed 4th in 3:04.98.
Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming Championships in Indiana saw a number of the CARIFTA region’s top sprinters in action including Jamaica’s number 1 sprinter Justin Plaschka. Justin who is a Junior at the University of Notre Dame was in record setting form on Thursday March 23.
The first standard to fall was the 200 yard freestyle relay mark in the morning heats .The team of Plaschka 19.66 (split time 9.38),Daniel Speers18.85,Reed Fujan 19.37 and Tabahn Afrik 19.41 recorded a total time of 1:17.29. That performance placed them 13th overall and bettered their previous standard of 1:17.37.
In the individual 50 yard freestyle event Plaschka went faster than his lead off leg to place 33rd in a time of 19.58 (split time 9.34).
The second record to fall would be in the 400 yard medley relay. The team of Robert Whitacre backstroke 46.67, Trent Jackson breaststroke 52.06,Plaschka butterfly 45.89 and Afrik freestyle 42.18 set a new school mark of 3:06.90.That bettered their old record of 3:07.99 set the ACC’s (Atlantic Coast Championships).Justin’s butterfly split then was 46.36.After the preliminaries in the event Notre Dame was 15th .
In the 200 yard freestyle relay B Finals in the afternoon Justin would set 2 records in one event. Leading off the relay Plaschka would lower his own school record of 19.38 with a time of 19.35 (split time 9.25). His teammates Speers 18.73, Fujan 19.50 and Afrik 19.39 helped Notre to a total effort of 1:16.97. It was also the best showing ever for the school at the Championships in the event as they placed 3rd .
The 400 yard medley relay team was disqualified in the B final.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Joshua Romany helped the Indiana Hoosiers set a new school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay on Day 2 at the 2017 NCAA Division I Swimming Championships.
On Thursday March 23 Joshua was given the anchor leg duties during the morning heats. The team of Ali Khalafalla 19.37, Blake Pieroni 18.96, Sam Lorentz 18.96 and Joshua 19.24 set a new school mark of 1:16.53. That bettered the previous standard of 1:16.72 set at the 2017 BIG TEN Championships and had them 6th overall. That same quartet would tie for 7th in the Championship final in a time 1:16.78.Romany’s anchor leg split in the final was 19.41. That 7th place finish for the Hoosiers is their best performance in the event in more than 5 years.
The second day of competition on Thursday March 23 at the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships in Indiana saw Suriname’s Raiz Tjon-A- Joe and Aruba’s Mikel Schreuders helping their teams secure second swims in the 200 yard freestyle relay.
Raiz, a freshman at Texas A&M University handled the anchor leg duties for the Aggies in the morning heats. He swam 19.95 to help them secure 15 place overall in a time of 1:17.59 .That team performance was not far off the school record of 1:17.37. The team without Raiz in the afternoon secured 4th place in the B final in a time of 1:17.19 breaking the school record. The Aggies had not qualified a team in this event last year.
Schreuders also only swam in the preliminaries of the 200 yard freestyle relay. He too was entrusted with anchor leg duties. He recorded a 19.61 split to help the University of Missouri Tigers set a total time of 1:16.78 and break the 2016 school record of 1:16.87 to place 7th overall. The team would retain the same place and record the exact same time of 1:16.78.
Mikel, who is a sophomore, competing in the 50 yard freestyle for the first time at the NCAA Division I championships placed 47th in the 50 yard freestyle in a personal best time of 20.13 .That bettered his previous personal standard of 20.15 set this year at the SEC (Southeastern Conference Championships).
The first day of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming Championships on Wednesday March 22, 2017 saw competitors in action in the 800 yard freestyle relay .The competition being held at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis saw Aruban Mikel Schreuders lead off the University of Missouri Tigers to a total team time of 6:18.62.
The team of Mikel Schreuders 1:34.71, Carter Griffin 1:34.60, Nick Davis 1:34.95 and Sam Coffman 1:34.36 just missed the school record of 6:18.25.The Tigers placed 16th overall. Their 2017 performance made it the 2nd year in a row that the Tigers were scoring in the 800 yard freestyle. The 2016 record setting team also included Schreuders. Prior to their 2016 performance the Tigers had not scored in that event in more than 6 years.