Dylan Carter Re-Swims 100 Back for 16th Place by .01, Trinidad & Tobago Record


On the heels of Italian Simone Sabbionis 100 back time trial for a 13th-place semifinal berth after two blatant backstroke wedge malfunctions, Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter was granted the same opportunity, squeaking into semis at 16th place by .01 seconds.

With his 54.03 re-swim, Carter bumped Italian Thomas Ceccon – who had been 54.04 – out of getting another swim. Carter’s second swim came after official results were posted, and took place between the men’s 200 free and women’s 1500 heats. Carter bested his former 54.09 Trinidad and Tobago record from Canadian World Trial in April, as well.

Just from rewatching his original race video, it’s not totally clear that Carter suffered a major issue with the wedge, but it appears it possibly gave out, or he slipped. A handful of swimmers struggled with the wedge throughout both the men’s and women’s 100 back heats, and Sabbioni’s clearly gave out. The USC alum Carter was 55.35, tied for 30th overall, after the first swim.

If you follow NCAA swimming, this race may remind you of when Cal’s Daniel Carr re-swam his 100 back last March at the Division I NCAA Championships because officials failed to remove his start wedge in his first race before he flipped on it, and he went a best time and bumped Texas’ Austin Katz out of the B-final.

It’s not clear as of publishing if Italy will protest Carter’s swim, but this article will be updated if there is a development.

Update: Italy will not appeal the swim. Ceccon and Richard Bohus of Hungary (54.07) were added to the semi-finals, resulting in two heats of nine swimmers each.

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1 year ago

Just ban the wedge. Learn to seal your toes on the wall, people.

Reply to  Gordo
1 year ago

Too many good races were ruined by slips before the wedge. Just get wedges that work. Going old school is not the answer.

Reply to  2Fat4Speed
1 year ago

As opposed to all the races ruined by the wedges tonight, forcing re-swims

Reply to  Gordo
1 year ago

Have backstroke do a forward start like everyone else. They turn over underwater. 15m rule obviously applies. Put an end to all these shenanigans!

Philip Johnson
1 year ago

This is so bizarre to happen twice? Smh

m d e
1 year ago

Why don’t they just use 2 additional lanes in the semi’s, too allow the time trial swimmers in as well as the 16 fastest from the heats.

I understand it is a little unorthodox, but so is what happened.

i don’t think athletes should miss semi-finals because 2 other athletes swam faster than them in completely different conditions.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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