Top Trinidad and Tobago junior swimmer Dylan Carter was in record-breaking form over the last three days at the 2012 Florida Gold Coast (FGC) Speedo Winter Championships in Plantations, Florida.
Carter, who switched his training base to the Davie Nadadores club in Florida back in August where he is now trained by Brazilian Alex Pusieldi, opened the meet as part of the Men's Open 4 x 200 yard relay team Friday.
The 16-year old Carter, the youngest member of the squad, anchored the relay in one minute, 38.85 seconds after his teammates 20-year-old Jesus Marin led off in 1:40.15, 24-year-old Danielle Tirabassi followed with 1:36.20 and 24-year-old Roberto Gomez handed over to Carter in a 1:37.69 leg.
They registered a 6:32.89 clocking for a new FGC record, that broke the 25-year-old standard of the 1987 Mission Makos Swim Club (6:33.21).
On Saturday, Carter, a multiple Carifta age-group champion who will be representing this country at those Caribbean Games next April in Jamaica, also splashed to a new individual mark in the Boys 15-16 200 yard backstroke when he was timed in 1:47.81. That time beat Barbadian Olympian Bradley Alley's 2003 record of 1:48.39.
Carter, whose split was a fast 20.39 seconds, also combined with Tirabassi (20.61) and Gomez (19.98) once more and 16-year-old Manuel Gonzales (20.80) for a new mark of 1:21.78 in the Men's Open 4 x 50 yard freestyle relay in a race they led from start to finish. That smashed the 1991 standard of 1:22.45 set by the Fort Lauderdale Swim Team.
Carter also placed second in the Boys 15-16 100 yard butterfly (52.43).
In yesterday's preliminaries, Carter posted two individual marks. First, in the Boys 15-16 50 yard backstroke, his 23.15, shattered Alley's 2002 standard of 23.81. Then in the Boys 15-16 50 yard butterfly, his 22.41, bettered Alley's 2003 record of 22.57.
Carter then teamed up with Tirabassi, Gomez and Rafael Van Leeuwarde for a new Open record in the 4 x 50 medley relay. They swam to a 1:32.29 timing to improve on Coral Spring Swim Club's 2008 mark of 1:32.50.
Carter was also a close second to teammate and Caribbean rival, Aruban Jordy Groters in the Boys 15-16 100 yard individual medley (IM) (52.35 to 52.67). Groters' time was a new FGC record, beating the previous 2010 clocking of 52.52 by Yousef Alaskari, a Davie swimmer also.
With just last night's finals to go, Carter's Davie Nadadores team led the standings with 1,758.5 points, ahead of South Florida (1516), Pine Crest (865), Metro Miami (846) and Westchester (606).