FINA Swimming World cup Dylan Carter

After beginning their respective international careers as swimmers of the 200-meter distance, Kasia Wasick and Dylan Carter have both found success in the 50-meter sprints at the Swimming World Cup, where they have both remained unbeaten.

Kasia Wasick’s life included a brief period during which she seriously considered the possibility that she might never go swimming again.

It was after Wasick’s third Olympics, which took place in Rio in 2016, where she competed in the 100-meter freestyle event and finished 29th. She had recently graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and she was prepared to begin a professional career in the sport before she suffered an injury to her shoulder.

Wasick revealed in an interview with Swimming World Magazine that following the Olympics, she got engaged and moved to Las Vegas, where she found work conducting clinical research.

She had been away from the pool for some time, but after seeing her colleagues compete in international events, she had the itch to go back and give it another shot. As a result of this, she joined a Masters swim team in Las Vegas, and for the next two months, she did not intend to try out for Poland’s probable fourth Olympic squad. However, she heeded the advice of her mentor, Ben Loorz, and tried out for the professional squad at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Since then, she has improved her swimming to an even higher level than before. Not only did she make it onto the Olympic team for the upcoming games in Tokyo, but she also advanced through the preliminary rounds of competition for the first time in her Olympic career and finished fifth in the 50-meter freestyle final. At the World Championships in Budapest in 2022, she competed in the long course meters 50-meter event and earned the silver medal, making it her first major international medal win.

And only lately, she triumphed in the finals of the 50-meter freestyle event in the Swimming World Cup, taking first place in each of those competitions in Berlin, Toronto, and Indianapolis. Her three swims in the finals over the course of the three weeks were three of the four quickest 50-meter freestyles she had ever completed. Her speed increased with each victory she took home. Her final time in Indianapolis, which was 23.10, placed her third all-time, behind the Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo (22.93), and Sarah Sjostrom (23.10) (23.00).

A person who turned 30 in March has done rather well for themselves.


Wasick commented after winning her third 50m freestyle race in Indianapolis, “I am just incredibly lucky to be here.” “I usually go fast when I see my family in the stands,” said the athlete. “Every time I get the chance to step on the blocks, I am really thrilled and excited to receive the chance.

I wish I could race again the following week, but the World Championships are going on, and I’m hoping to be the fastest there.

Wasick appears to have nearly reincarnated as a swimmer. She placed 29th in the 100m freestyle at the 2016 Olympics, and 27th in 2012. Although she didn’t compete in the 100m freestyle in Tokyo, she continues to compete in it at World Cups, but she has never placed as much focus on the 50m freestyle.

She freely admits that she “hates training,” but she has been able to concentrate more on speed and technique during exercises, with a concentration on power. She is appreciative that she has a pool to swim in and a coach and crew who believe in her every day throughout training. Because she had once doubted that she would ever return to competing here.

Wasick explained her return to the sport by saying, “I just wanted to give it another shot.” “When you discover your talent, strive to nurture it, my grandma used to advise,” My objective was to qualify for my fourth Olympics in Tokyo, so I decided to just give it one more shot. It got me a little bit further, so it’s been a nice ride.

Rarely do swimmers older than 30 surpass their personal best times in the water. Wasick, though, has revived her own career by concentrating on the 50m freestyle, and she has made significant gains thanks to the Swimming World Cup. Wasick undoubtedly discovered a lot about herself during the nine days of competition spread over three weeks. To constantly perform at her best, Wasick needed to manage each heat, final, lunch, and day with precision.

Wasick remarked of the experiences gained from each World Cup race, “It was definitely an adventure. “I needed to truly focus on my recuperation. It was difficult because we had preliminary and final exams while swimming three days in a row. I definitely gained a lot of insight into my physical makeup and racing, and I believe I did a decent job of learning something from each event.

Wasick wasn’t the only career that had been given new life at the Swimming World Cup, though.

At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Wasick and Trinidadian Dylan Carter shared a training lane. He won nine races over the course of three weeks in the 50-meter butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle finals to capture the overall World Cup title at the age of 26.

Carter won three triple titles and never lost a final in the 50-meter distance

It’s incredible! I enjoy seeing Dylan! Wasick spoke of her former teammate from the Trojans. “He is so wonderful, it simply inspires me. He and I trained in the same lane at USC as teammates, and now that he is dominating every 50 of every stroke, it makes me so pleased.

Carter’s achievement follows a summer that, in his own words, was successful. In June, at the World Championships, he finished fourth in the 50-meter butterfly. He finished fourth in the butterfly and fourth in the 50-meter freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in July. Although the times were good, it was difficult to finish third three times.

“I can’t count on one hand the number of people who came up to me to ask me whether I was going to retire this summer after the World Championships and Commonwealth Games,” Carter said.

I had a wonderful summer! I had some enjoyable swimming moments, but people kept saying, “This guy is done and washed up.” He’s never going to succeed,’ And that truly irritated and angered me. I believe that contributes to the outcomes you observe here.

As they approach the end of their careers, Carter and Wasick have both changed the focus of their events. Wasick competed in the 100m freestyle at both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics after making her Olympic debut in the 4x200m freestyle relay in 2008. In his junior swimming career, Carter was more recognized as a 200m freestyle swimmer. He made his Olympic debut in the 100m freestyle in 2016 and finished 23rd.

However, he has recently seen the biggest success in the 1950s.

Until I was 23 or 24, I was a main 200 guy, said Carter. “I always thought I had promise, and I always wanted to have a little bit of a second career in simply the 1950s. I didn’t know how much potential I had, but I knew my 50 fly was strong and always decent for a 200-pound man, so I wanted to put it all out there and see how far I could go. I believe that’s why I’m seeing some good numbers now because I haven’t trained for them before.

Additionally, Carter’s 1950s potential has been realized.

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