Dylan Carter is a trailblazer for swimming in Trinidad and Tobago with his name plastered all over his country’s record books. Carter specializes in freestyle but he frequents to backstroke and butterfly events too. In 2013 he was named Trinidad and Tobago’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year.
Carter began swimming at the age of 12 for Marlins Swimming Club in his home country under Head Coach Franz Huggins. It was Huggins who shaped Carters early career and encouraged his to swim for the University of Southern California where he is majoring in Environmental Studies. He moved to Los Angeles from Coral Springs, Florida where he prepped at American Heritage High School.
University of Southern California
In his first year under Head Coach Dave Salo at USC, Carter became an NCAA Champion as a member of the 800 yard freestyle relay. He picked up more points for the Trojans when he helped the 400 yard freestyle relay reach the final and his 15th place finish in the 200 yard freestyle. In the 50 yard freestyle, Carter finished 42nd.
Another year, another four All-American honors for Carter. At his second NCAA Championships he was a member of two national title winning relays, the 400 and 800 yard freestyle relays. Both were swam in a new school record time. His other honors came in the 200 yard freestyle and medley relays where the Trojans finished fifth and sixth, respectively. In his individual events, Carter finished 13th in the 100 yard freestyle, 16th in the 200 yard freestyle and 19th in the 50 yard freestyle.
Carter redshirted his junior year in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Carter won his first individual NCAA medal as a junior. It came in the 200 yard freestyle when he tied with Indiana’s Blake Pieroni for the silver in 1:31.16. The pair finished behind Texas’ Townley Haas.
His other medal of the meet was a bronze in the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Carter also picked up All-American First Team honors in his other individual swims and two more relays. He finished 4th in the 100 yard freestyle in 41.76 and 7th in the 50 freestyle in 19.08. He helped USC to a 4th and 5th place finish in the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays.
Carter’s first international call up came at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games where he reached the final in the 50 meter backstroke and butterfly and 100 meter backstroke.
In his breakout year in 2013, Carter won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in the 50 meter butterfly as well as a fourth place finish in the 100 meter backstroke. He also qualified for the FINA World Swimming Championships but opted to put all his focus in to the junior meet.
In 2014, Carter had another busy year. After completing his freshman year at USC, Carter was at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games where he picked up a silver medal in the 50 meter butterfly and a bronze in the 50 meter freestyle. In the fall, he took time away from his sophomore season to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where he finished fifth in the 100 meter freestyle and reached the semi-final in the 100 meter butterfly.
2015 FINA World Championships
In his first senior World Championships, Carter finished 15th in the 50 meter butterfly semi-final. He also swam in the 100 meter freestyle finishing 24th and the 50 meter freestyle finishing 32nd.
2016 Rio Olympic Games
In his Olympic debut, Carter finished 23rd in the 100 meter freestyle. A few months later at the 2016 World Short Course Championships he finished fourth in the 200 meter freestyle and seventh in the 50 meter butterfly.