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.