Top Trinidad and Tobago junior swimmer Dylan Carter recorded a personal best in-season time for the Men's 200m freestyle on the first day of the Arena Orlando Grand Prix at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando Florida Thursday evening.
Carter, a multiple Carifta, Caribbean Island Swimming Championship (CISC) and Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championships (CCCAN) record holder, splashed to second place in the Men's 200m free B final and was 10th overall, registering a 1:52.34 clocking. The time was a personal best for Carter while unshaved and untapered and still in the heavy mileage phase of his training.
The 17-year-old who has been based at the Davie Nadadores club in Florida since last August, qualified eleventh overall after the morning prelims with a 1:53.73 timing.
The A final was won by 24-year-old Yannick Lebherz of Germany (1:49.48), with USA's Tyler Clary (24) and Australia's Robert Hurley (24) both tied for second in 1:49.81
His former clubmate Joshua Romany, who swam unattached, posted a 1:55.51 clocking to finish sixth and 22nd overall.
Both swimmers came back in the 100m butterfly events, with Carter doing the better of the two, finishing fourth in the Men's B final (12th overall) in 56.49 seconds, while Romany finished eighth in the D final (32nd overall) in 1:04.96 after a 58.15 prelim swim. Carter's prelim swim was 56.38.
The event was won by Tyler Mc Gill of New York Athletics club in 53.38. Multiple Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte, representing Daytona Beach, was second in 54.40, while 18-year-old Santo Condorelli of Bolles School of Sharks grabbed the bronze in 54.62.
Yesterday morning, Carter and Romany qualified for the Men's 50m free B final which up to press time had not been contested.
Carter was 13th overall in 23.88, while Romany was 16th in 24.00.
Carter, who broke a USA Swimming National Age Group (NAG) 15-16 record last November in the Men's 200 yard freestyle (1:35.29) at the 2012 Speedo Winter Junior National Swimming Championships in Tennessee, is expected to represent Trinidad and Tobago and be at full peak for the March 29-April 3 Carifta Swimming Championships in Jamaica.