On Friday March 23,2018 Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (Rio 2016) and his University of Southern California team won the school’s first ever 200 yard medley relay title in school record time.On the way to that maiden relay title Carter established himself as the second fastest performer on the butterfly leg in that event.
The then record stood at 1:23.90 from the preliminaries of the 2015 NCAA Division I championships. The personnel at that time included Carter and fellow Olympian Canadian Santo Condorelli (Rio 2016)
In the final that year the Trojans finished sixth in 1:24.08 and Dylan narrowly missed breaching the 20 seconds barrier again on the butterfly leg with 20.04 effort.
Fast forward to 2018 and that landmark would be breached as the 2018 team crushed the school standard with a total time of 1:22.76 to be the number one seed heading into the Championship final. The returning members of the record team would be Carter and Condorelli
In the final there would be a change in the lineup with Robert Glinta doing lead off backstroke duties. The race started with Glinta touching in 21.15 to see the Trojans in sixth place. Breaststroker Vissering provided a game changing leg of 22.58, the fastest ever to put the Trojans ahead. Carter responded with the third fastest butterfly leg of all time 19.60 and fastest on the night to give Condorelli the lead he needed to seal the win in a new school and pool record of 1:21.82. That was just enough to hold off California in 1:21.88 and Florida with a rampaging Caleb Dressel of Florida who recorded a mind boggling 17.37 split for a total time of 1:22.33.
That butterfly split has the Dylan as the second fastest performer behind Singaporean Olympic Gold medallist Joseph Schooling who owns the top 2 times from the 2016 and 2017 Championships
|March 2016||Joseph Schooling||19.36|
|March 2017||Joseph Schooling||19.45|
|March 2018||Dylan Carter||19.60|
That relay win also moves Carter
|2014||Dylan Carter||800 yard freestyle relay||6:13.09|
|2015||Dylan Carter||400yard freestyle relay||2:47.06|
|2015||Dylan Carter||800 yard freestyle relay||6:11.64|
|2018||Dylan Carter||200 yard medley relay||1:21.82|
from a tie with the Cayman Islands’ Olympian Shaune Fraser (Beijing 2008, London 2012) for the most NCAA crowns .
|2009||Shaune Fraser||200 yard freestyle||1:31.70|
|2009||Shaune Fraser||200 yard butterfly||1:40.75|
|2010||Shaune Fraser||200 yard butterfly||1:41.45|
He is now equal with Suriname’s 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the 100 metre butterfly Anthony Nesty( LA 1984, Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992) with four titles. Both swimmers represented Florida.
|1990||Anthony Nesty||100 yard butterfly||46.62|
|1991||Anthony Nesty||100 yard butterfly||47.00|
|1992||Anthony Nesty||100 yard butterfly||46.78|
|1990||Anthony Nesty||200 yard butterfly||1:43.46|
The record is held by another legendary regional swimmer, his countryman 2004 Olympic Bronze medallist in the 200 IM George Bovell III (Sydney 2000,Athens 2004,Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) ,who competed for Auburn.
|2003||George Bovell III||200 yard IM||1:42.66|
|2004||George Bovell III||200 scm freestyle relay||1:23.75|
|2004||George Bovell III||400 scm freestyle relay||3:08.85|
|2004||George Bovell III||200 scm IM (former World record)||1:53.93|
|2006||George Bovell III||200 yard freestyle relay||1:16.15|
The 200 yard freestyle saw the outgoing senior making yet another Championship final. He made his way to the medal race with a season best time of 1:32.30 (split time 44.56). In that final he would finish seventh in a time of 132.68 (split time 44.29) . He still remains however the third fastest performer of all time with a time of 1:30.95(split time 43.79 ) leading off the Trojans 800 yard freestyle relay team last year.