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Dylan Carter joins elite NCAA group

Trinidad Express / Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Dylan Carter felt excited after posting the third fastest time in history for the men’s 200 yard freestyle, at the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships that splashed off Wednesday night at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Carter, a University of Southern California junior, swam the leading leg of his team’s 4×200 freestyle relay, the opening event of the Championships, and touched the wall in one minute, 30.95 seconds after eight laps of the 25-yard pool.

His USC team, which included Patrick Mulcare (1:33.14), Reed Malone (1:32.75) and Canadian junior Santo Condorelli (1:34.75), placed fifth in a time of 6:10.97 even as North Carolina won in an NCAA record time of 6:06.53. Texas nabbed second with 6:08.61 while Florida (6:09.30) grabbed the bronze.

University of California notched fourth spot in 6:09.56.

“Being 3rd fastest ever, it really hasn’t hit me yet,” The 2013 World Junior and 2014 Junior Olympics medallist said, “It is traditionally a really stacked event and great swimmers have passed through this event, so I am really honoured to swim that fast and thankful to all my coaches and my parents for helping me get this far and also grateful to represent my country, through my school, so well.”

USA Olympian Townley Haas, a Texas sophomore Rio 2016 Men’s 200m freestyle finalist, swam the fastest 200 split in history in the event when he anchored in 1:30.42 seconds.

Indiana’s Blake Pieroni scored the second fastest 200 yard time in history in a later heat in the time-final event, leading off in 1:30.87 as his team placed ninth (6:13.45) overall.

Yesterday, Carter qualified for the men’s 50 yard free in a PB of 19.04 and helped his team make it to the final eight in the Men’s 4×100 medley relay (6th in 3:04.55).

“I knew, coming into the meet, I was going to have a good 200 because I had been training well and hitting my paces throughout the season and I just took the momentum from the Olympics and carried that through my training this year, so I expected a good swim,” Carter explained. “That being said, looking up at the clock and seeing a time that was at that time, the second fastest time ever swam, it was a little bit of a surprise and looking back at the race and the splits, I think I can maybe be a little bit smoother and have an altogether better time in the individual event tomorrow (today).”

The top three — Haas, Pieroni and Carter — will face off against each other in the individual Men’s 200 yard free today.

TOP 5 Men’s 200 yard performances in history

1.Townley Haas, Texas – 1:30.46 (2016)

2.Blake Pieroni, Indiana – 1:30.87 (2017)

3.Dylan Carter, USC – 1:30.95 (2017)

4.Simon Burnett, GBR – 1:31.20(2006)

5.Ricky Berens, USA – 1:31.31 (2013)

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