IRVINE, Calif. PAUL Carter, 44, destroyed his own Masters long course world record for 100 meters butterfly recently at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine, touching in an amazing 56.73
Carter shocked a strong field at the USA Swimming meet, finishing third behind Yugoslav Olympian Michael Cavic (54.40), Swimming World's "High School Swimmer of the Year" for 2002, and Mexican Olympian Josh Ilika (55.58).
Carter's 56.73 was 8-tenths of a second faster than the world and national 40-44 age group record of 57.53 he set last summer at Masters Nationals, and only 5- tenths of a second off of Carter’s lifetime best.
Carter, a collegiate All-American and graduate of the University of Tennessee, is attempting to qualify for the Olympic Trials in July of 2004.
“I feel great about my improvements. Last summer most people didn’t think I could get much faster and it’s really cool getting a year older and that much faster. I know this isn’t suppose to be the case.”
Carter who has been training with Southern California Aquatics Masters (SCAQ) recently returned to USC Trojans to train under Mark Schubert and Larry Liebowitz for the summer.
“My goal this summer is to qualify for Summer Nationals in Fort Lauderdale in the 100 fly (55.99) and 200 fly (2:04.69). I lived and coached at the Hall of Fame for a many years and it would be great to swim at a meet like that in front of a home crowd. If not, I move to the 45-49 age group for Masters Nationals and hope to set a few records in Cleveland. As the college kids tell me, no matter how the summer season turns out, at my age, “it’s all good.”