Trojans, fourth last year, seeking another high finish with talented squad.
Trojans begin defense Wednesday with 200y medley and 800y free relays.
Last chance for fine tuning before Trojans turn eyes to Pac-12s.
Trojans look to extend win streak over rival to nine meets.
Non-conference clash Tuesday will be fifth straight January meeting between the schools.
THIS SEASON: Dylan Carter, a top-end freestyler from Trinidad & Tobago who can also swim the fly and back, is a career six-time All-American and three-time NCAA and Pac-12 relay champion after two years with the Trojans. Carter is the third-fastest Trojan ever in the 50y free, fourth fastest in the 100y fly and is in the top 6 in the 200y free and 100y back. He is part of USC’s team records in the 200y, 400y and 800y free relays and in the 200y medley relay.
2015: Carter was a four-time All-American as a 2015 sophomore, swimming on two NCAA winning relays and one Pac-12 relay winner ... Carter swam the second leg on USC's 800y free relay that won in a school-record 6:11.64 and then anchored Troy's 400y free relay winner, coming from behind on the final leg in another school record (2:47.06). Carter also swam on USC's fifth-place 200y free relay and on its sixth-place 200y medley relay. Individually, Carter scored twice in 'B' finals, finishing 13th in the 100y free (42.74, PR 42.61 in prelims) and 16th in the 200y free (1:36.01, PR 1:33.27 in prelims). He was also 19th in the 50y free in a PR 19.41 ... At the 2015 Pac-12 Championships, he was a two-time finalist, taking fifth in the 50y free (19.52) and eighth in the 100y fly (46.80) while finishing 11th in the 100y free (43.22). He also led off USC’s Pac-12 title in the 800y free relay ... At the 2015 World Championships, Carter swam in four events for Trinidad and Tobago. His top finish was a 15th in the semifinals of the 50m fly (23.60).
2014: Carter helped USC to an NCAA title in the 800y free relay and was a two-time Pac-12 finalist as a 2014 freshman. At the NCAA Championships, Carter swam the third leg of the Trojans' wire-to-wire win in the 800y free relay. He scored individually with a 15th-place finish in the 200y free (1:35.06) and he was 42nd in the 50y free (19.93). He also helped USC qualify for the final of the 400y free relay to earn his second All-American honor ... At the Pac-12s, Carter was sixth in the 50y free (19.51) and seventh in the 100y back (47.33). He also won the `B' final of the 100y free (43.09). He led off USC's 800y free relay title and swam second on Troy's 400y free relay win ... He was second in the 50m fly and third in the 50m free at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in the summer ... At the 2014 Commonwealth Games this fall, Carter was fifth in the 100m free and a semifinalist in the 100m fly.
HIGH SCHOOL: Carter, who prepped at American Heritage School, broke his country's national record in the 400m free (3:50.05) at Trinidad & Tobago's 2013 Short Course Trials and won silver in the 50m fly at the 2013 Junior Worlds. He also became the first Trinidad & Tobago swimmer to final in the 100m back, taking fourth, and also was top 8 in the 50m back at the meet ... Earned the Trinidad & Tobago's Ministry of Sport 2013 Spirit of Sport Award as Junior Male Athlete of the Year ... Carter was third in the 50y free (19.65) at the 2013 U.S. Junior Nationals ... He won he 2012 U.S. Junior National title in the 200y free and broke 20 seconds in the 50 free for the first time at the meet at the age of 16 ... He burst onto the scene at the 2009 Carifta Swimming Championships in Aruba when he won eight golds and a silver and set eight Carifta records ... He was a finalist at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the 50m and 100m back and the 50m fly and qualified for the 2013 World Championships but opted to focus on the World Juniors instead.
CLUB/COACH: Davie Nadadores/ Alex Pussieldi.
PERSONAL: He was born Jan. 30, 1996.
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