Dylan Carter on 1:30: “My first 2 years I wasn’t very serious” (Video)

Reported by Jared Anderson. 


The first event of the men’s NCAA Championships came with plenty of fireworks. Indiana’s Blake Pieroni and USC’s Dylan Carter put up the second- and third-fastest 200 freestyles of all-time leading off for their teams.

Carter took over the #2 time first, swimming out of the second timed final heat. The senior was 1:30.95, staking the Trojans to a huge lead and becoming the second man ever to break 1:31 in the event. Carter is coming off of a redshirt season last year, but was just 1:32.78 from a relay start when he last swam this relay at the 2015 NCAA Championships.

He comes into the individual event seeded at 1:31.98.

But one heat later, Indiana’s Blake Pieroni topped even that, going 1:30.87 on his leadoff leg to take over the #2 spot all-time and move Carter back to third. That’s two full seconds faster than his leadoff a year ago, and about a second faster than the 1:31.83 he went at Big Tens a month ago.

Carter and USC held on for 5th place overall, beating out all but four teams from the final heat. Indiana finished 9th in the final standings.

Carter and Pieroni will go head-to-head with each other and with the #1 swimmer all-time, Texas’s Townley Haas, on Friday. Haas anchored for Texas, putting up the fastest 200 free split in history at 1:30.42. Here’s a look at the new top 5 in history in the 200 free:

  1. Townley Haas, Texas – 1:30.46 (2016)
  2. Blake Pieroni, Indiana – 1:30.87 (2017)
  3. Dylan Carter, USC – 1:30.95 (2017)
  4. Simon Burnett, GBR – 1:31.20(2006)
  5. Ricky Berens, USA – 1:31.31 (2013)

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4 years ago

I want an interview with Blake!

Reply to  Swimfish87
4 years ago

Ravioli ravioli
please interview Blake Pieroni!

4 years ago

Great swim! Incredible walls. Only took 10 or 11 strokes per 25 yards.

4 years ago

I didn’t take our relationship seriously for the first two years either, Carter-senpai! But I’m ready now for you to finally notice me now! Carter-senpai plzzz… Q.Q

Reply to  Onii-chan
4 years ago

Your comments crack me up

Swimmer Thieroff
Reply to  Onii-chan
4 years ago

I somehow get the feeling that this is one of the people behind Not Swimswam, but that’s just my gut instinct…

Attila the Runt
4 years ago

It was a nice progression of heats. You could see how the motivation moved through the heats. Steve Holt with the 1:31 in the first heat with a flying start, Carter faster, and Pieroni fastest.

Reply to  Attila the Runt
4 years ago

Steve Holt!

Coach Huggies
4 years ago

A lot of mental growth in this young man. You have made me proud.

4 years ago

He’s got some dangerous underwaters.

4 years ago

Go Blake!! Blake for the win.

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