First in swimming, Commonwealth Youth Games swimming qualifier Jeron Thompson and Jada Chatoor the lone national record-breaker at the just concluded Amateur Swimming Association’s National Long Course Championships stand out among 43 swimmers selected to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships scheduled for April 15th to19th in Nassau, Bahamas.
Thompson is one of eight boys for 15 to 17 age-group competion, Justin Samlalsingh and Luke Gillette two other previous CARIFTA medalists re-selected.
Chatoor , a six gold medallist at the Long Course and new 800-metre freestyle national record-holder leads a four-girl challenge in the 13 to 14 age group.
Zoee Anthony, ten gold medal winner in Girls 11 to 12 competition in the Long Course and nine gold medallists Zarek Wilson (Boys 11 to 12) and Aqeel Joseph (13 to 14) are also on the TT team.
Meanwhile he girls 18 years and under Water Polo team and the boys 15 years and under continue to log training hours for competition at next month’s CARIFTA Championships in the Bahamas,
Now to the main story, Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter on Wednesday became the third fastest swimmer in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I championships being held in Indiana.
Carter set a new school record of 1:30.98 on the lead off leg for the University of Southern California during heat two of the three timed finals of the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Carter has been in superb form this season in the event and established a personal and season best at the Texas Invite in November 2016 with a time of 1:32.61.
He lowered the time to 1:31.98 at the PAC 12 Conference Championships. That time bettered the 1:32.21 set in 2011 by the Cayman Islands Brett Fraser of the University of Florida and saw him become the second fastest swimmer of all time in the event from the CARIFTA region.
His swim of 1:30.98 Wednesday night, which briefly had him as second fastest of all time, before Indiana’s Blake Pieroni beat the time with the Hoosier’s lead leg split of 1:30.87.
It does, however, establish Carter as the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region, as he bettered the former regional standard of 1:31.98, set by the Cayman Islands’ Shaune Fraser (Univeristy of Florida) in 2009.
Carter is now the fastest swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago in the 200-yard freestyle and 200m short course and long course. He also holds the age group long course record in the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 age groups
The former Fatima College-Trinidad student-swimmer represented TnT at the Rio Olympics.