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Carter lands World Junior swim medal
USA-based top T&T junior swimmer, Dylan Carter swam his way into the history books when earned a silver medal in the boys 50m butterfly final at the Fourth FINA World Junior Swimming Championships being held at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. Going into the final, the 16-year-old Carter who is expected to start school at the University of Southern California in January was determined to be among the medals. This after he missed out on precious metal in the the 100m backstroke final on Tuesday, by a mere 0.03 seconds short of a bronze medal, in 55.36, a national record in the 15-17 age-group and eight in the 50m backstroke final in 26.13 seconds, well off his new national 15-17 record of 25.99 he sat a day earlier on Wednesday.
And he did not disappoint as he was third fastest off the starter’s block in 0.64 seconds behind South African Ryan Coetzee (0.61) and Japan’s Takaya Yasue before he made up good ground and raced home in 23.98 seconds, just 0.02 seconds behind Australian Cameron Jones (23.96) while Japanese Takaya Yasue got bronze in 24.01. Speaking afterwards Carter who also expressed his delight on twitter, tweeting that he was revelling in his ‘coveted silverware’ said, “It was an amazing experience. The whole time before the race I was just thinking that I really want to get gold, I really want to get gold, I really just want to get a medal. When I touched the wall, and saw the two (2) next to my name it was everything that I could want from this meet and it really all happened in my last race. He attributed that having a great mental attitude as well as positive energy were key factors in helping him achieve his goal. “I think that believing in yourself has so much to do with how you perform and just not let anything psyche you out, this I feel is key to being a great athlete.
He added, “I am very very tired after five days of competition, giving 100 per cent each day. You can even see it in the time I swam. The time I did in the preliminary would have won the event tonight (last night). I went about 0.1 of a second slower and I think that is from the meet wearing on me. With regards to the other contributing factors Carter said, “We were very fortunate to spend over a week in Kuwait to adapt to the Mediterranean conditions and prepare for the meet. This was arranged by my coach in Florida Alex Pussieldi, Captain Husain Almusallam of The Kuwait Swimming Federation and the Olympic Council of Asia was kind enough to host the men contingent of the T&T team for about eight days. We are very grateful for being given this opportunity and hospitality. He also thanked the T&T public for all its support. Iit meant so much to me. I would be anxious to see the well wishes on my phone after each session. I would not have achieved this without the support of my family, my mom is with me and my little sister, my dad is at home in T&T my other siblings.
Carter’s time in the final was short of his 23.87 clocking in the heats, the second best time of the preliminary, which established him as the fastest T&T swimmer of all-time in the 50 metres butterfly. The other top eight qualifiers from the heats were Russian Evgeny Sedov (23.92), Jones (24.23), Josa (24.31), Bergmann (24.36), Yasue (24.38) and Argentine Santiago Grassi in 24.52 while Carter’s countryman, Joshua Romany qualified for his first semifinal of the games with a 12th place finish in 24.69, a personal best time. In Carter’s preliminary heat effort, not only did he smash his own 15-17 national record of 24.53, but obliterated the open record of 24.36 seconds which was previously held by decorated national butterfly swimmer and World Senior Championship competitor, Joshua Mc Leod. Carter’s swim was also 0.26 seconds off the World Juniors Championship record. In the 50m butterfly, Carter was the fifth best in 24.16 behind Lynch (24.04), Coetzee (24.11), Josa (24.11), Margevicius (24.15) but ahead of Jones (24.18), Bergmann (24.22) and Yasue (24.34) while Romany was 13th in 24.78 and did not advance.
Prior to his historic silver splash Carter of the Davie Nordie club was again in superb form clocking 49.93 seconds in the 100 freestyle to claim another new national record in the 15-17 age group,.
It was the fifth fastest time of the preliminaries behind Aussie Luke Percy (49.33), USA’s Caeleb Dressel (49.48), another Aussie Regan Leong (49.68) and Poland’s Sebastien Szcepanski (49.90) while compatriot Romany clocked 51.11 to be the 16th and final semifinal qualifiers, 0.02 seconds ahead of Italian Andrea D’Arrigo.
I am now focused on training for the US Junior Nationals in North Carolina in December, so I have to get some more training in a short course (yards) pool. I may spend a few months in Florida before this meet to be well prepared. The other local swimmers in action Tyla Martin, Kristin Julien and Jonathan Ramkissoon did not get past the preliminary round of their respective events. Martin was 29th overall in the girls 100m butterfly in one minute, 04.08 seconds while Julien was 33rd in the girls 50m freestyle in 27.28, and Ramkissoon, 38th in the boys 50m breaststroke in 29.98. Team head coach Franz Huggins, who has been training both Carter and Romany since they were 11 years-old was also generally satisfied with the performance of the rest of the team, The Amateur Swimming Association of T&T extended heartfelt congratulations to Dylan Carter on his silver medal in the finals of the 50m butterfly event. An association statement said Carter has been rewarded for his diligence and discipline and continues to blossom under the guidance of his parents and coaches as all in the fraternity continue to lend unwavering support. Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport, and also the coach of Olympic and double World Championship medallist George Bovell III was in high praise of the 16-year-old swimmer, and said, “I admire the consistency Dylan has shown throughout the meet as well as his tenacity in going for a medal in the 50m butterfly with a brilliant swim. Today, the entire team journeys to the swimming complex to cheer Tyla Martin who will be swimming in the 200 freestyle preliminary event.
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