Dylan Carter Breaks National Record Twice In One Day At FINA Short Course World Championships

By Sharon Robb
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, December 17, 2021–Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Dylan Carter broke the national 100-meter butterfly record twice on Friday at the 15th FINA Short Course World Championships at Etihad Arena.

The Plantation American Heritage alum’s national record of 49.87 in semifinals fell short of advancing into the final. He was sixth in his semifinal race and finished ninth overall, missing finals by 8/100ths of a second.

Carter broke his own national butterfly record first in prelims in 50.22. His previous record was 50.70. His semifinal time was the first time any swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago cracked the 50-second mark.

Carter, 25, won a bronze medal at the World Swimming Championships in the 50-meter butterfly in Hangzhou, China, in December 2018. The two-time Olympian recently finished his International Swimming League season with the London Roar that finished third in the Final Four playoffs.

In championship final action:

Sweden’s 4×50-yard women’s medley relay tied the world record and meet record of 1:42.38 set by the U.S. in 2018. Louise Hansson broke the national 50-yard backstroke on the opening leg in 25.91. Other relay members were Sophie Hansson (29.07 breast split), world record holder Sarah Sjostrum (23.96 butterfly) and Michelle Coleman (23.44 freestyle).

“We were thinking of a medal, gold was also in the cards but never thought we could set a world record, this is fantastic,” said Sophie Hansson, who added a bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke an hour later.

American Shaine Casas, 21, who missed making the 2020 Olympic team by one spot, won his first world title in the 100-meter backstroke in 49.23, just 2/10ths ahead of Russian and former world record holder Kliment Kolesnikov.

“The only thing that was going through my mind before this race was I needed to redeem myself,” Casas said. “I kind of proved that I’m still around and I’m somebody to mess with in the future.

“Once the race started, I kind of blanked out, spinning my arms as fast as I could and by the time I realized what was going on, we were at the end of the third leg,” Casas said. “I did the dolphin-kicks, after that my legs almost stopped working and I was just going for the wall to hit it first before these guys ran me down. It’s a huge jump after the college scene. These guys are on another level, but it takes practice, some confidence and you figure it out very quickly what to do.”

Casas was third in the 100m back at June’s Olympic Trials, where the top two made the team. He was a pre-meet favorite, ranked second in the nation since the start of 2019.

China’s Yufei Zhang won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.01 ahead of American Charlotte Hook in 2:04.35. Hook moved from eighth to second in the back half of the race.

Ilya Symanovich of Belarus won the 100-meter breaststroke in a meet record 55.70. The previous record was 56.01 set in 2018 by South African Cameron van der Burgh.

Anastasia Gorbenko became the first woman from Israel to win a world title, winning the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.34. Top seed and world record holder Alia Atkinson of SOFLO was the gold medal favorite before she was disqualified in the semifinals.

South Korea’s Sunwoo Hwang won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.60. American Kieran Smith of University of Florida was a distant fifth in 1:42.29.

Sweden’s Louise Hansson won her second gold medal of the day when she won the 100-meter backstroke in a national record 55.20.

“Oh Gosh, I’m overwhelmed,” Hansson said. “Beforehand, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to swim the 100-meter back. Then I saw some progress in the ISL, so I kept it but never thought I could win it. Oh, what an evening, world record in the relay, then another gold, in backstroke… I can’t believe it.”

With an opening split from 19-year-old Josh Liendo, Canada won the mixed 4×50-meter freestyle relay in 1:28.55. He was joined by teammates Yuri Kisil 20.99, Kayla Sanchez (23.51) and Maggie MacNeil (23.11).

The five-day meet continues Saturday with the pool competition and ends Tuesday, Dec. 21.

FINA is offering a prize money pool of $2.8 million, a 50 percent increase in prize money for individual swimmers. There is also be a $50,000 bonus for any swimmer who breaks a world record.

The top eight individual payoffs for first through eighth place are $10,000, $8,000, $7,000, $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

There are 943 swimmers from 183 countries competing. The swimming is part of the Aquatics Festival which includes open water swimming, high diving and diving team competition.

Final sessions of the pool swimming will be streamed on NBC Sports’ Olympic Channel. Eurovision Sport’s All Aquatics will air the heats.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 182: SOFLO’s Kuczynski Competes At Summer Nationals This Week

AQUATIC NOTEBOOK, Issue 182: SOFLO’s Kuczynski Competes At Summer Nationals This Week


July 18, 2012

South Florida Aquatic Club’s Caroline Kuczynski continues her busy summer this week at the Summer National Championships that begin Thursday at the Kinsmen Sport Centre in Edmonton.

The 2016 Canadian Olympic hopeful and Arizona State junior will compete in the 50-meter butterfly on Thursday, 100-meter butterfly on Saturday and 400-meter medley relay on Sunday.

Kuczynski, 21, is seeded fourth in the 50-meter butterfly (27.27) and third in the 100-meter butterfly (59.65). Her Pointe-Claire Swim Club is seeded first in the medley relay (4:07.23).

Kuczynski has been training and competing in Sweden with some of her ASU teammates and training with SOFLO. She has been in Canada for the past week and enjoyed a team dinner with her club on Tuesday night at a local pizza parlor.

The four-day national meet features 400 Canadian swimmers from 150 clubs across Canada.

“The Summer National championships in Edmonton will see some of our next wave of Olympic level athletes shine,” said Pierre Lafontaine, CEO and National Coach for Swimming Canada.

“We’re focused on building the next generation of Canadian swimming heroes today. Having the Olympic Games around the corner will surely spark the dream of being in that arena in four years.”

Kuczynski just missed making the 2012 Canadian Olympic team.

Prelims are 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

National Swim Schedules Announced

Orlando has been added as one of the new sites for the 2013 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center will host the Feb. 15-17 meet, the third stop on the series. Other meets are: Nov. 9-12, Minneapolis; Jan. 18-20, Austin, Tex.; April 18-20 Mesa, Ariz., at the new $8.4 million Skyline Aquatics Center; May 10-12, Charlotte, N.C. and May 30-June 2, Santa Clara, Calif…

Other meets of interest in 2012 and 2013:

Aug. 7-11, U.S. Open, Indiana University Natatorium

Aug. 13-17, Junior Nationals, Indiana University Natatorium

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Winter Nationals, University of Texas

Dec. 6-8, Winter Junior Nationals, University of Tennessee

June 25-29, World Championship Trials, Indiana University Natatorium

July 19-Aug. 4, World Championships, Barcelona, Spain

July 30-Aug. 3, U.S. Open, Irvine, Calif.

Aug. 5-9, Junior Nationals, Irvine, Calif.

Dec. 5-7, Winter Nationals, University of Tennessee

Dec. 13-14, Winter Junior Nationals, site to be determined

College News

Former University of Maryland coach Sean Schimmel has been named head women’s and diving coach at University of Arkansas. For the last four seasons Schimmel has coached at Maryland, which has disbanded its swimming program because of lack of money.  He also was an assistant at LSU and Harvard…Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero was named an assistant coach for Portugal’s Olympic team. Albeiro coaches two of Portugal’s top swimmers, breaststroker Carlos Almeida and backstroker Pedro Oliveira.

American Heritage Wins MaxPreps Cup

Plantation American Heritage was awarded the inaugural MaxPreps Cup as the top high school athletic program in the nation.

American Heritage took honors as top girls program as well as state’s overall top medium school program (1,000-2,000 enrollment) to earn 1,031 points to outdistance Summit of Bend, Ore. with 929 points.

Along with state titles in baseball, softball and girls and boys track and field, the Patriots also win a state title in boys soccer and finished second in boys and girls golf, girls swimming and girls soccer. The Patriots were also nationally ranked in baseball and boys and girls track.

Jacksonville Bolles was ranked 18th with 590, mainly based on its boys and girls swimming programs.


A one-armed 10-year-old swimmer won two gold medals during the July 14-15 El Paso Swimming Championships. Ben Ramirez, who was born in China with only one arm and adopted when he was 3 years old, won the 25-yard butterfly and individual medley. He also won two bronze relay medals…USA Swimming and Disney’s Pixar have joined forces to promote swimming with the help of Finding Nemo and a few national team members including Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin who sing the famous Dori melody, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming. The movie is also being re-released in 3D on Sept. 14. The U.S. Olympic team got to see an advanced screening of the movie with 3-D glasses while at their training camp in Knoxville, Tenn. last week.

Sharon Robb can be reached at sha11cats@aol.com