Adam Chaney Becomes 2nd Fastest Freshman Ever in 50 Free Behind Caeleb Dressel

by Annika Johnson 13

February 24th, 2021 College, News, SEC


Florida freshman Adam Chaney has become the 2nd fastest freshman ever in the 50 yard free after he posted a 18.77 in the 50 free ‘A’ final for 1st place at the SEC Championships. The all-time fastest freshman in the event is American record holder and Florida alumni Caeleb Dressel (18.67).

18-year-old Chaney followed this swim later on Wednesday night by leading off Florida’s 200 free relay in 18.76. The relay finished with a time of 1:15.21, setting a new SEC Championship meet record.

200 Free Relay

All-time Top 5 Freshman in the 50 Yard Free

  1. Caeleb Dressel 18.67
  2. Adam Chaney 18.76
  3. Jimmy Feigen 18.84
  4. Pawel Sendyk 18.92
  5. Kristian Gkolomeev 18.95

His relay lead-off time also ranks him #7 all-time in the U.S:

All-Time US Men’s Performers – 50 FR SCY

  1. 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (2018)
  2. 18.56, Ryan Held (2018)
  3. 18.58, Ryan Hoffer (2019)
  4. 18.66, Nathan Adrian (2011)
  5. 18.69, Bowe Becker (2018)
  6. 18.74, Robert Howard (2019)
  7. 18.76 Adam Chaney (2021)
  8. 18.79, Tate Jackson (2018)
  9. 18.80, Paul Powers (2017)
  10. 18.82, Alex Righi (2009)/Zach Apple (2018)

Chaney has now established himself as #3 out of the all-time fastest 17-18 year-olds in the event, behind Dressel and Cal’s Ryan Hoffer (18.71).

This was his 3rd lifetime best in the event on Wednesday after he posted a 18.88 in prelims and became the 4th 18-and-under swimmer to ever break 19 seconds.

He also swam an 18.77 in the individual event final on Wednesday evening, which won the conference title.

Going into this meet, Chaney’s lifetime best was set at 19.51 which he swam last November at the 2020 Auburn Fall Invitational. His sprinting prowess in high school ranked him as the #4 recruit in the high school class of 2020.


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6 months ago

Don’t want to take anything away from his coach, but I am curious how much the elite strength and conditioning program at Florida factored into his insane drops.

Reply to  Swammer
6 months ago

Went would a great strength and conditioning program take away from his coach?

Reply to  Swammer
6 months ago

Original dryland base built by GAIN

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6 months ago

What a stud

6 months ago

cant wait for NCAAs

20,7 this year LCM
6 months ago

17,6 of Caeleb Dressel is next level

6 months ago

Great swim. I have to mention the open lanes on both sides of the swimmer. Definitely helps him. Have to wonder if all eight lanes were filled, would he have swam the same?

Reply to  KRW
6 months ago

He was only 0.01 faster than his individual race with all 8 lanes filled. So I would guess the answer is yes.

Reply to  KRW
6 months ago

Don’t worry. He will never reach Dressel’s level.

6 months ago

Where’s the love for Matt King? Alabama freshman goes 18.96, finishing second at SECs, breaking 19 for the first time in my recollection. He’s dropped nearly a second in a year, all while dealing with a coaching change. I’m hoping both boys show up at SECs and NCAAs for the next few years because I think BOTH of those guys are capable of scaring Dressel’s record. Call me biased, but sharing a deck with Matt and seeing him go from 20 high down to an 18 high in 3 years is an astonishing progression that shouldn’t be overlooked!

6 months ago

Pretty strong parallels to Dressel. Both came off successful world juniors, 22.4 and 49 low for Chaney and 22 low and 48.9 for Dressel.

Both sprinters in Florida who are extremely raw yet versatille.

Both having a successful SEC meet (Dressel was a 42.0 18.8 and 44.9 in Freshman year).

Both swimming faster every race (Chaney dropping time in his 50 free every race)

Now time will tell if Chaney has the same rate of progression and consistency, but this bodes well for the future of Florida’s swimming and American sprinting.

Last edited 6 months ago by monsterbasher