As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.
The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.
In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.
A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below
|CISC July 2016||25.45||53.00||1:20.79||1:48.44|
|Mesa April 2017||25.40||52.70||1:20.97||1:48.45|
|WC July 2017||24.93||51.99||1:20.02||1:47.77|
CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest
|Name||Country||CCCAN ranking||Overall ranking||Time|
|Dylan Carter||Trinidad and Tobago||1||24th||1:47.77 (51.99)|
|Cristian Quintero||Venezuela||2||33rd||1:48.22 (51,86)|
|Marcelo Acosta||El Salvador||5||48th||1:50.92 (54.99)|
|Noah Mascoll-Gomes||Antigua& Barbuda||7||62nd||1:55.32(55.62)|
|Matthew Lowe||The Bahamas||8||63rd||1:55.71 (55.50)|