Juniors begin Worlds medal quest
All five Trinidad and Tobago junior swimmers started their medal quest today when they dived into action from 2 a.m TT time this morning, the first day of the 4th FINA World Junior Championships in July splashes off in Dubai.
Top T&T Junior Dylan Carter, star of the 2013 Carifta Games, is seeded 20th in the Boys 100m backstroke and will swim out of Heat Six, lane two, in the seven heat event.
His compatriot Joshua Romany is seeded 43rd in the same event and will swim in heat three, lane six.
In the Girls 100m backstroke, both T&T entrants, Kristin Julien and Tyla Martin will try to leave their mark when they go under starter’s orders in heat three, lane three and heat three, lane one respectively.
Jonathan Ramkissoon seeded 46th in the Boys 100m breaststroke, will swim out of heat three, lane eight.
For the rest of the six-day meet, Carter, the top seeded T&T swimmer (10th in the Boys 50m butterfly) is expected to line up in the 50m backstroke, the 50m butterfly and the 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle events.
Romany will compete in the heats of the 50m and 100m butterfly and the 50, 100 and 200m freestyle. Ramkissoon runs through the gamut of breaststroke races- the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke.
Julien will also tackle other juniors from around the world in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly.
Martin is set to swim in the 200m free and 400m free; the 50, 100 and 200 m butterfly; and the 200m backstroke.
Before their departure, head coach Franz Huggins said he hoped all five swimmers would advance to the semi-finals in at least one event and that with some luck, the team can win one or two medals.