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
6 years ago

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

SWIMFAN
6 years ago

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.

lol^
Reply to  SWIMFAN
6 years ago

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.

SWIMFAN
Reply to  lol^
6 years ago

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

Rafael
Reply to  SWIMFAN
6 years ago

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..

Luigi
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

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

Joe
Reply to  Luigi
6 years ago

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.

Mike
Reply to  Rafael
6 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

SWIMFAN
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

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.

Rafael
Reply to  SWIMFAN
6 years ago

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??

swammer
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

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.

SWIMFAN
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

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

SWIMFAN
Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

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.

pvdh
6 years ago

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

6 years ago

Dressel will be really tired after this week pased on what he said on twitter

@CaelebDressel: 11 practices, 4 weight sessions, 3 drylands workouts this week. Ended with 20 400’s, my Gator family with me the whole way #gettingbetter

Colin
Reply to  James
6 years ago

I admire Caeleb’s enthusiasm and passion towards hard work as expressed in this tweet, but WHY is an elite young sprinter being trained this way? I hope that this is just a late spring “hell week” and not a common training microcycle.

aquajosh
Reply to  Colin
6 years ago

The entire team does a 20x400s LC set on a pretty tough interval once a year at the start of long course season. Calm down.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Santana is well ahead right now in the 100 free and Dressel ahead in the 50 free. I didn’t like Dressel’s 100 free at NCAAs. It looked messy (new word learned) with far too many arm strokes and he died at the end. Hopefully he’ll swim that event differently in LCM with a better technique.
Not the best period to judge college swimmers. We’ll compare the development of both guys next summer.
Santana probably trains in LCM all year around. And Dressel probably only 4 to 5 months. Big difference. I think that if we want to see a sprinter like Caeleb Dressel who swims in college reach his full potential, we must wait until he turns pro… Read more »

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

all year round

Rafael
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Bobo, I agree, but is strange that Santana 50 free PB is slightly faster than Dressel (22.16 x 22.22) on 100 Santana has 48,25..but on 200.. Dressel already went 1:48 and Santana never broke 1:50..

Reply to  Rafael
6 years ago

Rafael,
totally unfair comparison.The Dressel who made 22.22 in LCM is much slower than the Dressel who made 18.67 in SCY.
I would not put him in 21.5 range like some guys are betting, put i think he is in (give or take a bit) 21.8 range.And more impressive than Dressel SCY time was Sedov SCM 20.59 time.
This new generation of sprinters are rocking the World.

Alfredo
6 years ago

Both these guys are amazingly talented. Let’s not forget Dressel has already ventured into the 48 club. The time off in 2014 I believe in the short term hurt his speed a bit, but in the long term will prove to be a smart move to take a break from all the swimming. I make a bold prediction the Dressel will make the 2016 Olympic team and will be swimming both the 50 and 100 where he’ll face Santana again.

Markster
Reply to  Alfredo
6 years ago

Olympic team in the 50? I’m not so sure. He’ll have to beat both Adrian and Ervin. Just two years ago Adrian was 21.4 and I think last year Ervin went 21.5. I don’t see Dressel beating either of them.

6 years ago

Santana will have to swim PanAms games in two months.I will not be surprised if he don’t break 50s in 100 and 23s in 50 right now.
Dressel body physique is very similar of Santana training partner Felipe Ribeiro.Lean and muscular.

Bob
6 years ago

Why do 20 x 400s? Is this a return to the 80s?

weirdo
Reply to  Bob
6 years ago

Agree, not sure any Olympic Champions of the 50 and 100 have done that much yardage, volume of work, whatever. At least none that I can think of in the last 30 years! Don’t think Troy has had sprinters be successful in the 50 and 100 at the world or olympic level doing this work either.

cdj67
Reply to  weirdo
6 years ago

I seem to remember reading about a Alexandr Popov doing some extremely long set on a fast interval in the earlier part of his career (early 90’s, ca 93-94). Since I do not have access to the material where I read the set that he did I am not going write it in here, but it rivals the set that they did at UF both in distance and probably on a interval basis as well. I seem to remember the Popov as a pretty good sprint, couple of world records in the 50 & 100 free as well as Olympic Gold medals and World Championships.

cdj67
Reply to  weirdo
6 years ago

Oh, I forgot about Gustavo Borges (and a few others, sorry for not putting in everybody’s names), that swam under Troy at Bolles School. Won a couple of Olympic and World Championship medals and was part of a Bolles HS relay that 2:59.9 back in 1991.
I am not say that Troy is a sprint coach to produces a ton a sprinters, but that he has and can coach swimmers to swim very fast in short events as well.
Ex. UF won the 200 Free Relay at the women’s 2010 NCAA championships.

aquajosh
Reply to  Bob
6 years ago

The 20x400s is a set that EVERYONE on the Florida team does together ONCE A YEAR at the start of the summer long course season. They have done this set for years, and everyone who has come up through the program has done it. The sky is not falling. Florida is not Mission Viejo circa 1984.

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