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GV swimmer breaks own records at CCC Championships

TURLOCK -- Justin Carter was surrounded by other swimmers at the CCC championships. But the Golden Valley junior knew he was competing against himself.

Literally.

And the "younger" Justin Carter didn't stand a chance.

Carter broke his own records in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 individual medley at Pitman High on Saturday.

"It was like racing my younger self," said Carter, who has qualified for the Olympic Trials in July. "I was racing against me from a year ago -- someone less experienced and not as big.

"In other meets, I'm racing guys that are huge. I go out of state for a lot of meets. This meet was a chance to race with people that I know."

Carter broke the records in Friday's trials. He then topped both marks in the finals on Saturday.

He touched the wall in 1:55.31 in the 200 IM and 50.75 in the 100 back.

"He's supernatural or something," said his sister, Stacy, who won the 100 back and 500 freestyle events on the girls side.

"That's just insane. He's Superman."

The Carter duo led a strong showing for area swimmers.

Merced's Ryan Randall joined Carter as a double winner on the boys side.

Randall won the 500 free (4:56.25) and the 200 free (1:48.44).

Atwater junior Adam Rice won the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.18.

The Merced girls finished second to Pitman in the team scores behind the efforts of double winners Katy Elam (200 free and 100 butterfly) and Becca Gallery (50 and 100 free).

While they were Gallery's sixth and seventh CCC titles, Elam won for the first time in her final CCC meet.

"Last year I finished second and third, so I'm feeling pretty good right now," Elam said. "I was pretty nervous today.

"I felt alright at home, but when I got to the pool, I felt a little sick."

Stacy Carter's two titles brought her career total to eight CCC championships.

"Today was so much fun," she said. "I got to see all my friends from other schools and cheer them on.

"I'm sad it's my last year and I won't experience it again. I'm going to miss it."

Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at sjansen@mercedsun-star.com.

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