Carter goes in 50m back World Junior final
Top Trinidad and Tobago junior swimmer Dylan Carter will try to make amends today when he dashes into action in the FINA World Juniors Swimming Championship Men’s 50m backstroke final (10 am TT time) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates today.
Carter , based at Davies Nadadores in the USA since last August, qualified seventh fastest in a time of 26.14 seconds in his semi-final, a race where he bounced into the lane lines, causing him to slow down.
It is a situation he would have discussed with his Brazil-born coach Alex Pussieldi who travelled to Dubai along with a host of international swimmers who he prepared for the Juniors.
According to a release from team manager Dean Romany, Carter was a bit exhausted after his second semi-final swim yesterday.
“It was a rough day and night for me. I had two swims in the morning and two in the night, I was slower in both events tonight but got through to the finals in the 50 back. There were a few technical issues in the 50 back which I will sort out for tomorrow’s (today’s) final.”
Carter is scheduled to swim the heats of the 50 fly in the morning and says he is going for gold this morning from 10am, TT time in the 50 back final.
Earlier in the day’s prelims, Carter became the first 15-17 swimmer in T&T history to go under the 26 second barrier, and broke Youth Olympic gold medallist Christian Homer’s record (26.31) to establish a new mark of 25.99.
Following his record-breaking performance in the 50 free (23.01), he did not advance to the semi-finals, finishing 14th in 23.14.
The 23.01 swim eclipsed his 2012 CISC mark of 23.39.
His compatriot Joshua Romany failed to advance out of the preliminaries, posting a 23.79 second clocking for 31st position.
Young Titans Aquatics swimmer Kristin Julien also placed 31st in the Women’s 50m butterfly in a new national record time of 28.56, surpassing her teammate Tyla Martin’s record time of 29.05 which Martin set at the 2013 Carifta Swimming Championships. Martin herself placed 39th in 29.14 seconds. In the 200 backstroke, Martin placed 36th in 2:26.64
Julien said: ‘I was a bit nervous going into the race as there were a lot of us with similar times around 29 seconds, so I knew it was going to be close. I focused on what the coach told me, executed, and got the result which I am pleased with.” She said she is now more excited about the prospects for tomorrow’s 50 back race.
Today Carter and Joshua Romany will seek to qualify for the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly. Jonathan Ramkissoon will also get his second try at making a final in the 200 breaststroke after his personal best clocking of 1:06.48 in the 100 breast on opening day.
Motivated by her 50 fly record-breaking performance, Julien is aiming for a possible semi-final place in her pet event, the 50 back. Tyla Martin will participate in the 400m freestyle.