USA-based top T&T swimmer Dylan Carter and his LA Current team will be aiming to play spoiler and top the four-team finals of the International Swimming League (ISL), which splashes off at the 25-metre short course pool in Duna, Hungary, from Saturday.
The LA Current qualified to the finals as the second-placed team behind Cali Condors in semifinal two ahead of Iron and Toronto Titans while Energy Standard won semifinal one ahead of London Roar, with Tokyo Frog Kings and NY Breakers (239), the other competitors.
In the semifinals, Carter anchored LA Current to a sensational 4x100 metres freestyle win ahead of the Condors and will be hoping to play a significant role in his team’s quest for top honours this weekend as well.
A University of Southern California graduate and Commonwealth Games medal winner, Carter is currently ranked among the top contenders in the 100m butterfly, 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 50m butterfly.
In the 100m butterfly, Carter is ranked ninth with a time of 50.70 seconds behind team-mates Tom Shields (48.94), and Maxime Rooney (49.84) with only two swimmers from each of the four clubs being considered for a final.
The top T&T swimmer is rated seventh in the 50m freestyle with a 21.36 clocking behind club-mate Kristian GKolomeev 20.80 who is ranked third, while Rooney is tenth with a 21.45 clocking.
A multiple CAC Games and CCCAN Championship champion, Carter is also rated seventh best among the 50m backstroke in 23.28 behind team-mate Ryan Murphy who is ranked number one with 22.75 while Shields is 23.60.
In the 100m backstroke, Carter is ranked ninth with 50.11 while Murphy is third in 49.62 and Apostolos Christou, 11th, 50.99 and in the 50m butterfly, Shields is second with 22.32; Rooney, sixth with 22.58, and Carter, 11th , in 22.97.