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Carter swims to NCCA relay bronze

Saturday, March 24, 2018
T&T swimmer - Dylan Carter

USA-based top T&T swimmer, Dylan Carter picked up a bronze medal as part of the University of Southern California 400 yards medley relay quarter on the first full day of action at the 2018 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday night.

Competing on the second morning of activities at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Centre, Carter and his USC Trojans closed the night by shattering the 2017 school record with a time of three minutes, 01.83 seconds in the A-Final, 0.66 out of first place taken by Indiana (3:01.07), and 0.07 back of second captured by North Carolina State (3:01.76)

Senior Ralf Tribuntsov swam the lead-of leg in 45.01 seconds followed by junior Carsten Vissering (50.90), and Seniors Carter (44.71), a new personal best in the butterfly and Santo Condorelli also a best of 41.21 in the freestyle final leg to lower the Trojans standard of 3:02.20 set last year in USC's fourth A final in the race in the last six years.

The other finishers in the A-final were California (3:02.83), Florida (3:03.16), Stanford (3:04.16), Louisville (3:04.37) and Georgia (3:04.50).

In the morning heats, freshman Robert Glinta joined Vissering, Carter , a Commonwealth Games-bound athlete, and Condorelli in clocking the fourth fastest qualifying time of 3:03.02 minutes, 0.82 seconds off the school record set last year at the NCAA Championships.

In their first A-Final on Thursday night, USC posted a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Condorelli joined seniors Carter and Tribuntsov, and Kyle Grissom to clock a 1:15.72 for fifth in the A final, 0.13 under the 2015 school record.

The relay earned All-American honours for the fifth time in the last eight years, but the first since 2015.

Condorelli opened the race with a PR 18.98 seconds, which lowered his best by 0.07 and made him the second-fastest Trojan ever over 50 yards.

The University of Florida powered by USA’ Caeleb Dressell who torched his rivals with a 17.81 first-leg swim, the first man under 18 seconds won gold in 1:14.39 ahead of NC State (1:14.50) and California (1:14.56).

In the morning heats, another T&T swimmer, Joshua Romany and his Indiana team-mates just missed out on the A-final with a ninth placed finish in 1:16.55.




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