Record-breaking Carter swims for World Juniors medal
A record-breaking swim will see Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter seeking boys’ 100 metres backstroke glory today, Day Two of the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The US-based T&T swimmer splashed to a national 15-17 age group record 55.64 seconds in the event in the preliminary round, and then returned in the semifinals to qualify for the final with a 55.65 clocking. In the process, Carter was the only T&T swimmer so far to make it past the preliminary round.
Carter’s previous 15-17 age group mark was 56.83.
It was a tough field battling for a final berth, with only 0.86 seconds separating the entrants. Danas Rapsys of Lithuania was the fastest qualifier in 55.05 seconds.
T&T’s other swimmers competing yesterday missed out on their respective semifinals. Joshua Romany was 45th overall in the boys’ 100m backstroke, touching the wall in one minute, 01.08 seconds. In the female version of that race, Kristin Julien (1:07.80) and Tyla Martin (personal best 1:08.29) were 48th and 50th, respectively.
And Jonathan Ramkissoon was 47th in the boys’ 100m breaststroke in a personal best 1:06.48.
Carter is hoping he can improve his showing in today’s final.
“I felt really good in the preliminary round, knew that I was well prepared and expected the best result,” he said. “I am happy that I was able to make the semifinal round from the morning swim and break the national record, and felt great after the evening swim having made the finals.
“I am focused now on tomorrow (today), as I have the 200 freestyle and then the 100 back. My teammates are very encouraging and share the success with me.”
Carter will take to the pool twice this morning (T&T time), first in Heat 6 in the 200m freestyle at 2 a.m., and then for the 100m backstroke final at 10 a.m. In the former race, he will have Romany for company, swimming in Heat 9.
Martin is in Heat 5 in the girls’ 200m butterfly.
Coach Franz Huggins was pleased with his team’s showing on the opening day.
“We have had creditable performances on Day One from all athletes, with of course Carter’s achievement being the highlight, which brought some confidence to the camp,” Huggins said.
“It was a historic event for T&T and perhaps the wider Caribbean in having someone from the region make a finals. In fact, the only finalist we have ever had at a world championship was George Bovell III.”
Huggins added: “Dylan still has a few mistakes to rectify, which means we can see some improvement in tomorrow’s (today’s) final. We have a very important 200 freestyle in the morning, so thoughts on the 100 back final take a backseat for now.”