TRINIDAD and Tobago swimmer Dylan Carter registered a new national record in the 100-metre backstroke, clocking 57.47 seconds on Sunday at the 2012 Spring Southern Zone South Sectional swim meet in Florida, USA.
Fifteen-year-old Carter finished seventh, while countryman Christian Homer was eighth in 57.63 in the event which was won by Arkady Vyatchanin (54.79), with outstanding US Olympian Ryan Lochte in second (54.89).
T&T and Marlins Swim Club were represented at the meet by Carter, Joshua Romany and Jessica Stephenson (Guyana), accompanied by Marlins head coach Franz Huggins, along with US-based Samantha Rahael, swimming for The Bolles School, Homer, who swam for the University of Florida, as well as Titans swimmer Emiro Goosen, who also swam for The Bolles School.
Romany, Carter and Goosen will all be representing Trinidad and Tobago in next month's Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas. In the final of the Men's 200-metre freestyle, Lochte was the winner in 1:49.09, with Carter seventh in 1:53.85.
Carter had earlier swam 1:53.38 in the prelims.
In the Men's 100m butterfly finals, Lochte was again the winner in 54.12 seconds, with Homer clocking 55.31 to finish in fifth place.
Goosen was 21st overall in 57.77. Romany (57.59) and Carter (58.05) also swam in the preliminary rounds of the event.
Rahael swam in the Women's 200-metre individual medley consolation final and was 16th in 2:24.99. Earlier in the prelims she clocked 2:24.89 in a three-way tie and was 12th overall.
In the 50-metre freestyle event, Romany placed seventh in the A final in 23.82, while Carter was 13th overall in 23.95 swimming in the B final.
For the two Marlins training partners, Romany and Carter, the work done by coach Huggins is paying off and they were elated with their performances, especially as in the 50m freestyle preliminary heats, Romany swam a faster time than 28-year-old Lochte, a US Swimmer of the Year, by posting 23.63, with Carter only 0.01 seconds behind the American superstar, who swam 23.75.
The Men's 100m freestyle had almost 200 swimmers in the preliminary round. Showing their calibre, Romany swam in the B final and placed tenth in 51.73, while Carter swam in the C final, placing 17th in 52.00 flat, and Goosen was 20th overall in 52.99.
Homer also swam in the prelims of this event and clocked 53.22.
According to a release from the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago, "it is without doubt that the future of swimming is in good hands as these athletes continue to make the country proud on the international stage".