100 freestyle Junior World Record-setters Matheus Santana and Caeleb Dressel to show down in Charlotte

The only two men so far to set FINA’s Junior World Record in the 100 free*, Brazilian Matheus Santana and American Caeleb Dressel will go head-to-head for the first time this week at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Charlotte.

Santana, the current record-holder, makes the journey up to Charlotte from Brazil, where he is the next in a long line of elite sprint specialists. He lands in Charlotte with a whole host of Brazil’s top sprinters, including world record-holder Cesar Cielo, Bruno Fratus and Marcelo Chierighini.

Santana, though, may turn out to be the best of them all. After turning 19 just last month, Santana has already been 48.25 in the 100, which ranked him with in the top 10 in the world for last season. He was the Youth Olympic Games gold medalist and comes into Charlotte with the 10th seed.

Dressel, meanwhile, was the original benchmark-setter for the Junior World Record. FINA began keeping track of Junior World marks in March of 2014, and used the results of the 2013 Junior World Championships as the starting “benchmarks.” That’s why we marked Dressel with that asterisk above – he was technically the first to set the bar for the Junior World Record, though at that point, his time was still considered the “benchmark” time as opposed to the actual record itself.

Dressel won that 2013 World Junior Championship in 48.97, only a few weeks after he had turned 17. Dressel took some time off in 2014 and didn’t approach that time again, but he came back with a vengeance this winter in his freshman season at the University of Florida.

The NCAA rookie nearly broke Nathan Adrian‘s short course American record while winning the NCAA title in the 50 free at 18.67. Charlotte will be our first chance to see how Dressel’s freshman progress transfers over to the long course pool. He’s still 18 years old, but isn’t eligible to break the Junior World Record anymore, as FINA calculates ages based on the end of the calendar year, when Dressel will be 19.

Dressel and Santana will go head-to-head in the 50, 100 and 200 frees this weekend. And though there is still plenty of time for scratches to shift the heat sheets some, based on the psych sheets released last week, the duo would actually wind up in the same circle-seeded heat of that 100 freestyle in the morning preliminaries.

You can find the full psych sheets here.

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samuel huntington

if Dressel swims LC similar to his NCAA races, he will have no chance against Santana in the 100 but will probably win the 50


Florida swimmers typically do not swim fast at this meet. So, my money is on Santana. However, I do think Dressel will be better than Santana in the 50 and 100 at the end of this summer.

I guess, we’ll find out soon enough! Fast meet coming up this weekend.


Swimfan^ do you hear yourself or know what you’re even talking about. I don’t think you do and you’re very wrong. That doesn’t have anything to do with dressels performance.


please do enlighten me with your valuable knowledge in the world of swimming! My comment was simply only my own observation and opinion.


On 50 there is a great chance

On 100? Dressel 100 even on SCY was looking very bad, on LCM hard for him to be better than Santana, Dressel looks he might be someone like Ervin or Jones..pure 50 sprinter

While Santana will be going to Kazan to swim 100 and pursue to break into the 47 realm..


Actually, Rafael, Ervin has a WC gold medal in the 100 free under his belt …


This is kind of crazy – three different individual gold medalists from the 2001 WCs are in the psych sheet for this meet swimming those same events: Ervin, Phelps in the 2 fly, and Coughlin in the 1 back. 2001 was FOURTEEN years ago.


He was worn out. He swam all the prelims and finals of every relay. He’s human as wel, he’ll do fine this year and the next one


Dressel went 41.5 at SEC. Since when does 41 consider ‘very bad’? NCAA is a totally different meet. It is a very tough meet for a freshman to perform better than conference.


It was a bad 100,and being a freshman could not be used as an excuse.. Cielo Adrian went better on 100 against much stronger fields (NCAA 100 free finalist were pretty weak compared to what Morozov Cielo and Adrian faced)

Being on college does not give people a free pass, many many place we see just because he is on college we can never say he had a bad meet. We have swimmer who at 19 20 21 are already olympic/world medallists. We cannot give free pass based on Age only, people all the time say some of these guys are the next big deal, until when will they be the next big deal??


How are you claiming that a 41 is a “bad” swim? Do you mean his performance at NCAAs?

If you’re his coach then it’s understandable to be frustrated with a poor performance and try to hold him accountable and minimize the excuses. But you are just a fan making predictions. Why are you ignoring his good swims in the 100 and using his off races as proof that he can’t swim that event?

He was 48.9 2 summers ago and has clearly improved a lot since then in other aspects. Time will tell but it’s not so unreasonable to expect him to have a competitive 100 this summer.


AGAIN, 41 is BAD???? Did I read this correctly??? Only 3 people in the whole field went under 42….


Oh btw, your boy Cesar Cielo only went 42.58 as a FRESHMAN. and guess what? he only placed 4th as a freshman. What would be your excuse for that? Cielo was not tough enough? and the 100 just looked bad?? Cielo turned to be okay, I guess…

Freshman year is part of the learning process for many of these elite swimmers. Nathan Adrian and Cielo did not win NCAA individual title as a freshman.


Its a bit unfair to compare them right now. Santana trains in LCM all year round, Dressel is just now getting into it.

Dressel in the 50

Santana in the 100

Santana in 200

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