NAG Record Breaker Dylan Carter Verbally Commits (for January, 2014)

Dylan Carter this winter made probably the splashiest Junior Nationals debut that we’ve ever seen. The Davie Nadadores 16-year old was swimming his first career taper meet after moving to Florida earlier this year from his native Trinidad & Tobago, and proceeded to stamp his name on the National Age Group Record books in his first ever yards-course taper meet.

In his first race, the 50 free, he took 3rd overall in 19.94, which made him the third 16-year old to ever dip under 20 seconds. He missed the honor of becoming the second by mere minutes, as Bolles’ Caeleb Dressel was a 19.82 leading off their relay in the session’s opening event.

He then won the 200 free in 1:35.29, which is a new Winter Juniors record and broke the 15-16 National Age Group Record set earlier in 2012 by Michael Domagala, who will be a teammate of Carter’s at USC.

He was also a 43.83 in the 100 free, meaning he sits in the top-3 all-time in the age group in the 50-200 freestyles, plus has a 47.22 in the 100 backstroke! Only the great Ryan Murphy has been better in that race as a 16-year old!

Carter’s commitment is to arrive in January of 2014 for the Trojans. He will spend 2013 focusing on training for the Junior World Championships that will be held August 26th-31s in Dubai, UAE, and join USC mid-season next year.

How Dave Salo was able to squeeze another swimmer into this class and shift and dodge his scholarships around is a mystery only he may know. The Trojans only graduate 5 after this season, with the only real big star being Alex Lendrum; perhaps this is a sign that Vlad Morozov is thinking strongly about going pro after this season, which would free up a lot more money.

Peeling through the lists of swimmers who will join the USC roster in the 2013-2014 season shows that they’ve made a move from being a “very good, very top-heavy” team to a team with the depth to contend for national titles. Every single one of them is a bona-fied star, and they are all good to the point where if they’re not huge NCAA Championship meet contributors by the time they’re sophomores, at the latest, it would be shocking.

Santo Condorelli
Michael Domagala
Reed Malone
David Morgan
Steven Stumph
Dylan Carter
Yakov Toumarkin

Carter took visits to Arizona and USC, though he was also considering Michigan, Cal, and Louisville. He is coached by Alex Pussielidi, and is a dual United States/T&T citizen, though he competes for T&T internationally.

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8 years ago

so what grade is he currently?

8 years ago

USC’s recruiting class is absolutely insane! Trojans will be competing for the National Championship Title next year…

8 years ago

IF, and I don’t know anything about his situation, he doesn’t have to worry about money, a semester without a scholarship (knowing $ is coming in the fall) would be an easy sell to me. Especially it I was swimming for someone like Salo, who has shown results over all courses, distances, and strokes. If you get to the core of a swimmer and they are all about team and team success, championships AND money isn’t an issue for a family, your job is a lot easier to get that kid. Getting a teenager to weigh the costs and benefits of future success is a tool I’m sure the best recruiters can and will use. I know I would have… Read more »

Reply to  Coacherik
8 years ago

would it still be an easy sell when a semester of Tuition is $ room and board is over $30k total

8 years ago

Your math is off on the first 16 year old under 20 seconds. That title is held by none other than Vladimir Morozov. 19.96 (5/16/2009)

8 years ago

Am I the only one who thinks this kid (and the kid to his right) look more like 30 than 16? Heck, my adult sons (who are both older than 30) don’t have facial hair like that, particularly the kid with the full beard on the end. LOL!

Reply to  MomoJamo
8 years ago

I’d say that the guy on the left of the photo looks more like a prop in rugby than a swimmer. He is physically impressive and hasn’t the usual body of a swimmer. I presume he’s a sprinter. He remembers me Felipe Silva of Brazil, a little big man in the water.

Reply to  bobogigi
8 years ago

That’s Roberto Gomez, 2012 Olympian for Venezuela and former Florida Gator.

Reply to  MomoJamo
8 years ago

I thought the exact same thing. Amazing how mature these “kids” look. Looks to me like their growth potential has pretty much already occured.

8 years ago

Agreed. I thnk Dylan looks like he’s 22 as well. Big boys

8 years ago

How many of those recruits are foreign?

8 years ago

Dylan Carter is actually the second from the left (with the Davie Cap infront of him) 2nd from the right is Daniele Tirabassi. He is currently a senior.

Reply to  TEE
8 years ago

I was actually referring to the kid with the beard, who is the “one to the right ” of Carter, not the one who is “on the right” OF the picture. And now we know who that is thanks to SwimPrincess.

And I agree with Bobo – looks more like a rugby player than a swimmer (or like one of those 13 yr. old Little League ball players from the Dominican Republic…….)

Reply to  TEE
8 years ago

Tirabassi is like 25.

Reply to  TEE
8 years ago

Just to be clear, Tiribassi is about 23 years old.

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