Three meets deep into the 2017-2018 season the University of Southern California remain unbeaten. Their efforts have been aided by Trinidad and Tobago senior Dylan Carter whose record is almost as good as his team. He has won four of the five individual races he has competed in so far. He has also established himself as the fastest swimmer in the NCAA Division in the early segment of the season in the 200 yard freestyle.
University of California Santa Barbara
California Polytechnic State University
California State University ,Bakersfield
On Sep 30 in the Trojans win over California Polytechnic State University he recorded 47.10 (split 21.86) in the 100 yard butterfly to win the race by over two seconds and become in the top ten in the NCAA.
On October 6 when racing against California State University, Bakersfield he dropped exactly two seconds from his season opener on September 29 to record the best collegiate time in the 200 yard freestyle of 1:36.66.
100 yard butterfly
200 yard freestyle
The Trojans with Dylan in their ranks has also established top five performances in the 200 and 400 yard medley relays with Carter doing butterfly duties
200 yard medley relay
400 yard medley relay
Carter who holds four individual school records will be back in action from October 22-22 when Team USA which will include in its lineup Olympic Gold medallists Ryan Murphy and Matt Grevers will compete against the PAC-12 conference in the 2017 USA vs. College Challenge.
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.
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.
Yesterday Wednesday March 22,2017 Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago established himself as the 3rd fastest swimmer in the 200 yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I championships being held in Indiana. Carter swam to a new school record of 1:30.98 as the lead off leg for the University of Southern California during heat 2 of the 3 timed finals of the 800 yard freestyle relay.
Dylan has been in superb form this season in the event established a personal best and season at the Texas Invite in November 2016 with a time of 1:32.61 see splits below
splits by 50
He would lower that time at the PAC 12 Conference championships a time of 1:31.98 . That time helped to better the 1:32.21 set in 2011 by the Cayman Islands Brett Fraser (University of Florida) and become the 2nd fastest swimmer all from the CARIFTA region in the event .See PAC 12 splits below
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His swim of 1:30.98 last night which had him briefly as 2nd fastest all time before Indiana’s Blake Pieroni beat his time with the Hoosier’s lead leg split of 1:30.87. It does however establish Carter as the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region as he bettered the former regional standard of 1:31.98 set by the Cayman Islands Shaune Fraser (Univeristy of Florida) in 2009.See Carter’s splits from last night
splits by 50
Carter spoke to swimswam.com about the race yesterday.
The Trinidad and Tobago Junior along with teammates Patrick Mulcare1:33.14,Reed Malone1:32.75 and Santo Condorelli1:34.13 established a new school record 6:10.97 for 5th place overall. That bettered the 2014 NCAA winning school record time of 6:11.14.
Carter now is the fastest swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago in the 200 yard freestyle, 200 short course metre (25 metre pool) and long course metre pool as well as holding the age group long course record in the 11-12,13-14 and 15-17 age groups.
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.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter returned to action in the pool on Saturday October 1 to challenge the University of California Santa Barbara (UC SB) in their home pool .The day before on Friday Sep 30 his University of California Trojans had defeated California Polytechnic State University 116-81. The newly minted Olympian Carter showed no ill effects from the short turnaround time as he won all 4 events that he contested easily .On his way to victory in his individual events he recorded times that placed him in the top 10 in the nation as well as securing yet another NCAA Division I B standard.
Carter recorded that B cut in the 200 yard freestyle. In a dominating display he was the only swimmer under 49 seconds with his century split of 48.71.He would touch the pads in a time of 1:37.90 more 3 seconds ahead of teammate Walker Bell. That time betters the NCAA Division I B cut of 1:37.99. It also currently stands as the 2nd fastest time in Division I. On Friday Dylan had set the fastest time in the nation for the 100 yard backstroke with his time of 47.56.
In the 100 yard freestyle he showed superior back end speed to beat the field and take the victory. He went out in 22.42 closely trailed by Yoessef Tibazi of UC Santa Barbara. But his last 50 yard of nearly 22 seconds, 23.05 proved to be the difference as he won in 45.47. Tibazi was runner up in 46.09. That swims places him 7th overall in Division I.
In the relays he was still the class of the participants on his butterfly leg. The 200 yard medley relay A team of Ralf Tribunstov backstroke (22.81), Carsten Vissering breaststroke (24.78), Carter butterfly (20.74) and Kyle Grissom freestyle (20.61) touched in 1:28.94. The victory margin was almost 4 seconds over their interstate rivals. Dylan’s butterfly split was the fastest of the 4 teams that raced by over a second.
In the final race the 200 yard freestyle relay the A team of Vissering 21.86, Carter 19.68, Tribunstov 20.48 and Grissom 20.48 enjoyed yet another comfortable win by over 2 seconds. Carter, who had the only sub 20 second split, was the game changing leg on the relay.
The Trojans won easily 179 to 78.Dylan holds the senior national record for his country in the 200 metre freestyle at 1:48.44 set this summer in the Bahamas. He also holds the 15-17 CARIFTA record for the 200 metre freestyle with a time of 1:50.35 set in 2013. At one point in his career he was the fastest 15-16 year old boy ever in the 200 yard freestyle when he won the event at the 2012 SPEEDO Winter Junior Nationals .See link below
Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter opened his collegiate season with a win in the 100 yard backstroke as his University of Southern California team competed against Cal Poly on Friday Sep 30 in San Luis Obispo California.
The 6’3 senior had a crushing win in the 100 yard backstroke. He took out the first 50 yards in 22.81 over a second ahead of the field. He would also have the fastest 2nd 50 yards of 24.75 to stop the clock in 47.56. That performance was well under the NCAA Division 1 B time of 48.49.His teammate Patrick Mulcare was runner up in the race in a time of 49.16.
In his first event of the season the 200 yard medley Carter got his Trojans B team to an early lead with split of 22.18.It would not be enough to hold off the A team who won in 1:29.84 .His B team finished 2nd in 1:32.84.
In the last race of the contest, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the Trojans A team of Ralf Tribuntsov (45.89), Carter (43.93), Maclin Davis (47.52) and Kyle Grissom (47.59) swimming exhibition posted the fastest time of the day of 3:04.93. Carter had the fastest split of all relay legs. The Trojans won the meet 116 to 81.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics Carter set a new national record in the 100 metre freestyle of 48.80. He also became the fastest English speaking swimmer from the CARIFTA region in the 100 metre backstroke event when he clocked 54.94 (split time26.06) in the heats of the 2016 Canadian Olympic trials.