Trinidadian Dylan Carter’s NAG Record Officially Ratified by USA Swimming

  6 Braden Keith | December 26th, 2012 | Club, Featured, National, News

In a precedent-setting decision, USA Swimming has officially ratified the National Age Group Record set in the 200 yard freestyle at the 2012 Junior Winter National Championships.

Carter was largely unknown in USA Swimming, as this was the first yards taper meet of his career. Coming out of it, however, he established himself as one of the best swimmers in his age group in the country. He placed 3rd at juniors in the 50 free (19.94), won the 100 back (47.22), was 4th in the 100 free (43.84), and in the biggest splash, with a 1:35.29 in the 200 free, broke the 15-16 National Age Group Record.

The question remained up in the air as to whether or not it would count as a National Age Group Record, given that the Davie Nadadores swimmer had officially represented Trinidad & Tobago in International competition.

It was ruled, however, that because Carter held an American passport, he was eligible for the record – the rule book doesn’t specify that a swimmer cannot be a “sporting citizen” of another country like it does for senior American Records. This decision was arrived upon after some amount of internal discussion at USA Swimming.

A big congratulations to Carter and his coaches with the Davie Nadadores. Next up, Carter will begin working toward next year’s Junior World Championships, where he is expected to team up with Bolles swimmer Emiro Goossen to form a lethal twosome.

Carter’s best long course swims over the summer were 51.1/1:53.2 in the 200 and 200 free and a 56.8 in the 100 back, but one would presume that based on what we saw from him in yards, that he will easily beat those times in 2013.

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3 years 10 months ago

There have been others through the years that have established NAG records with dual citizenship… and have represented another country. If the swimmer is registered as US citizen, they should be able to establish a US record….

3 years 10 months ago

I think this guy should have to swim for the US at in the future(If he qualifies)

3 years 10 months ago

Well said Braden ,Dylan is a first in many ways .We wish him the best in the future .

Coach Huggies
3 years 10 months ago

I have been Dylan’s coach since he was 12. He moved to Davie because we are starved for competition here. He only moved to Davie in August, but he has represented Trinidad and Tobago as high as the Commonwealth Junior Level. He was too young to go to World Juniors in 2011, hence he did not compete there. I cannot presume to know who he will compete for in the future, but for now he is firmly committed to Trinidad and Tobago. Our team for World Juniors next year goes well beyond the abilities of Dylan and Emiro. Kirsten Julien has already qualified on the female side with an untapered 30.2 50 backstroke on the girls side. She is still locally based.

Other locally based swimmers include recently turned 17 year old Joshua Romany who has been 50.9 last spring in the 100 and 15 year old Jabari Baptiste who has been 27.4 in the 50 back and 59.3 in the 100 back. I coach both Josh and Jabari and we could likely have a 4 x 100 free relay going sub 3:25 next year if all goes well adding Emiro and Dylan.

We also have two Florida based athletes on the female side (Tyla Martin 1:03 100 fly at 14 this past spring and Ally Donahue 1:03 100 yrd breast at 15) who could be part of the team next year.

3 years 10 months ago

A competitor must be a citizen by birth or naturalization of the nation he/she represents (FINA Rule GR2.5). Any competitor changing his affiliation from one national governing body to another must have resided in the territory of and been under the jurisdiction of the latter for at least twelve months prior to his first representation for the country (FINA Rule GR2.6).


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