USA-based top T&T swimmer, Dylan Carter continued his impressive display at the Canada Swimming Trials when he earned a spot in the men's 100m freestyle A-final at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, Ontario, Toronto, yesterday.
Competing in the men's 100m freestyle heats, 23-year-old Carter touched the wall in 49.39 seconds for second best overall behind Yuri Kisil who topped the field with a 48.95 clocking while Mark Thormeyer, winner of the 100m backstroke A-final on Wednesday night in a FINA World Aquatic Championship time of took third best in 49.48 in the field of 43 swimmers.
Carter, who will graduate from the University of Southern California next month, entered the 100m freestyle as the top-seeded swimmer with a 48.60 clocking.
The other top ten finishers to qualify for the A-final were Carson Olafson (49.94), Owen Daly (49.98), Niko Miljenic (50.07), Joshua Liendo (50.12), Javier Acevedo (50.24), William Pisani (50.31( and Ruslan Gaziev (50.33).
However, just like in the 100m backstroke event in which he established a new national record of 54.06, Carter and Miljenic by virtue of being non-Canadian nationals will not compete in the A-final of the 100m freestyle.
Instead, their spots will be taken by James Le Buke (50.47) and Stephen Calkins (50.57) who were the 11th and 12th fastest respectively in the heats.
Carter also competed in the men's 50m backstroke but had a disappointing finish of 39th in 28.90 after he was listed as the top-seeded swimmer going into the heats with a 24.83 timing.
Today he will compete in the men's 100m butterfly for which he is the tenth seed with a time of 54.06 while tomorrow (Saturday) he lines up in the 200m freestyle as the seventh-seeded entrant, with a time of one minute, 49:77 seconds.
The trials, which end Sunday, have attracted 627 athletes (346 female, 281 male) representing 157 clubs.
That includes international competitors from 21 countries: Algeria, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, T&T, and the USA.
Carter along with the other swimmers to attain the qualification standards for the FINA World Championships to be staged in Gwangju, South Korea from July 12-19; Pan American Games in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11 as well as next year’s Olympic Games.