When the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games starts tomorrow Friday July 20 the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will seek to build the upon the legacy of their star Olympic medallist George Bovell III (Sydney 2000,Athens 2004,Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016) who won Three consecutive 50 metre freestyles titles.
Bovell won in times of 2006 22.67, 2010 22.23 Games record and 2014 22.30 .
The duo who will be working to ensure the FASTEST MAN IN THE REGION stays at home will be Olympian Dylan Carter (Rio 2016) and 2017 World Championships representative Joshua Romany. Their times of Carter 22.39 2nd seed and Romany 22.79 4th seed place them in prime position to keep the streak going.
Seeking to seek sprint glory for their respective nations and break the Golden run of Team TTO will be Venezuela Alberto Mestre the top seed with a time of 22.38 .Mestre’s father Alberto competed at the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
His countryman and Carter’s former University of Southern California teammate Olympian Cristian Quintero (London 2012 and Rio 2016) 22.71. Also in the mix will be Puerto Rico’s Luis Flores 22.84.Not to be left out will be the 2014 Silver medallist in the event Renzo Tjon A Joe . In Mexico he won Silver in a time of
Night two of the NCAA Division I championships on Thursday March 22 in Minnesota saw Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter earning a Bronze medal in the 400 yard medley relay in school record time as well as setting another school record in the 200 yard freestyle relay. He would also set a season best in the 50 yard freestyle.
The 2018 University of Southern California 400 yard medley relay championship team finished one place better than 2017 to earn the Bronze. In a very tight battle for the medals the quartet of Ralf Tribuntsov backstroke 45.01, Carsten Vissering breaststroke 50.90,Carter butterfly 44.71 and Santo Condorelli freestyle 41.21 swam to a time of 3:01.83. That beat the old record of 3:02.20 set in last year’s Championship final. At that time Carter had split 44.81 on the butterfly leg. Indiana won the event in a pool record of 3:01.07 with Silver going to North Carolina State in 3:01.76.
In the morning heats of the 200 yard freestyle relay the Environmental Studies Major lowered his season best of 19.40 (split time 9.37) to register 19.29( split time 9.33) to help guide the Trojans to the Championship final . The team recorded a preliminaries time of 1:16.05. In the final he was handed the second leg duties. The team of Condorelli 18.98,Carter 18.69,Tribuntsov 18.84,and Kyle Grissom 19.21 bettered the school record of 1:15.85 with a swim of 1:15.72 to place fifth. That equaled Carter’s best placing with the 400 medley relay team in 2015.Dylan also lowered his best freestyle split at the meet. His previous best was 18.74 on the second leg in the Championship final.
The opening day of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Championships on Wed March 21 saw Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (Rio 2016) recording a season best leading off the USC Trojans 800 yard freestyle relay.
At the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis Minnesota Carter swam the opening leg in a time of 1:32.59 (split time 44.95). That bettered his previous season best of 1:33.15 (split time 45.35) ,which was a Silver medal winning performance at the PAC 12 Conference Championships in Feb.That lead off performance by Carter marks his sixth time under the 1:33.
That swim allowed the Trojans team of Patrick Mulcare 1:34.27,Jake Sannem 1:34.64 and Justin Nguyen 1:35.25 clock a total time of 6:16.75 to place 12th overall.That crushed their season best of 6:18.97 set at the PAC 12 Champs.
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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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.