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Carter aims for 50 back podium
USA-based T&T swimmer Dylan Carter will be going after a podium finish in the boys 50-metres backstroke final from 10 am today, at the Fourth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
This after the 16-year-old rebounded from missing out on a medal in the 100m backstroke final on Tuesday (fourth place) by reaching the 50m final as the seventh-fastest qualifier in a time of 26.14 seconds at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, just ahead of Germany’s Carl Louis Schwarz, the eighth and final qualifier who clocked 26.18.
The top six qualifiers were Brazil’s Gustavo Louzada (25.87), Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys (25.96), Italian Simone Sabbioni (25.98), Australian Ryan Hore (26.04), Greece’s Michail Kontizas (26.08) and Russian Grigory Tarasevich (26.10).
Earlier in the morning heats, Carter became the first 15-17 swimmer in local history to dip under the 26-second barrier, and broke Youth Olympic gold medallist Christian Homer’s 26.31 record when he established a new mark of 25.99.
His time was the third-fastest time overall behind Tarasevich (25.93) and Greece’s Apostolos Christou (25.98), the latter failing to make the final from the morning heats.
A former Carifta Games and CCCAN standout for T&T and University of Southern California-bound, Carter was also in record-breaking form in the 50m freestyle, with a tenth-place overall finish in the heats in 23.01 to get to the semifinals.
His time in the heats eclipsed his old mark of 23.39 when he swam at last year’s Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships, but racing for a spot in the finals, Carter could only get to the wall with the 15th-best overall time of 23.14 seconds in the semifinals.
T&T’s other entrant in the event, Joshua Romany, placed 31st overall in 23.76.
On Tuesday, Carter was a mere 0.03 seconds short of a bronze medal, when he swam to fourth in the 100m-backstroke final in 55.36, a significant improvement from his 55.65 mark a day prior, which was already a national record in the 15-17 age division.
But, he was pipped by Tarasevich (55.33), Christou (54.87) and Rapsys (55.24) to the wall.
Speaking after his semifinal swims yesterday, Carter, who sounded a bit exhausted, said, “It was a rough day and night for me. I had two swims in the morning and two in the night, I was slower in both events tonight but got through to the finals in the 50 back.
“There were a few technical issues in the 50 back which I will sort out for tomorrow’s (today) final.”
In addition to the 50m-backstroke final, he will compete in the 50 butterfly heats in the morning, but says he is going for gold (10 am TT time today) in the 50 back final.
Also in record form for T&T was Kristin Julien who did not advance in the girls 50-metres butterfly event with a 31st-place finish. However, the multiple regional gold medallist’s time of 28.56 surpassed her teammate Tyla Martin’s record time of 29.05 which the latter set at this year’s Carifta Swimming Championships.
Martin, herself placed 39th in 29.14 seconds and in the 200m backstroke, she was 36th in 2:26.64
Commenting on her performance Julien said, “I was a bit nervous going into the race as there were a lot of us with similar times around 29 seconds so I knew it was going to be close. I focused on what the coach told me, executed, and got the result which I am pleased with.”
Looking ahead, Julien said she is now more excited about the prospects of her 50m-backstroke race today.
Team manager Dean Romany once again expressed continued delight on the performance of the team. Dean, the father of Joshua, noted the young team is demonstrating so much maturity, the ability to make adjustments and execute instructions has seen great results so far.
Romany said, “Most of the team members are feeling a bit exhausted after three days in Dubai, the brunt of which is on Dylan’s shoulders. They remain very positive, focused on the next day of competition and improving their performance.”
Today from 2 am (TT time), Romany will seek to qualify for the semifinals (10 am TT time) of the 50m butterfly, while Jonathan Ramkissoon will get his second berth at the championship in the 200m breaststroke, after his personal best clocking of 1:06.48 in the 100 breaststroke on opening day.
Motivated by her 50m butterfly record-breaking performance, Julien is aiming for a possible semifinal place in her pet event, the 50m backstroke, while USA-based Tyla Martin participates in the gruelling 400m freestyle event.
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