Brooks Curry Downs Caeleb Dressel’s SEC Meet Record with 40.99 100 Free


Men’s 100 free

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Brooks Curry (LSU): 40.99
  2. Jordan Crooks (TENN): 41.64
  3. Adam Chaney (FLOR): 41.83
  4. Macguire McDuff (FLOR): 42.24
  5. Kayolan Bratanov (TAMU): 42.39
  6. Eric Friese (FLOR): 42.65
  7. Aleksey Tarasenko (TENN): 42.86
  8. Kaique Alves (BAMA): 42.93

LSU junior Brooks Curry pulled off an impressive feat tonight in Knoxville: breaking a Caeleb Dressel record. Curry won the SEC title in the 100 free tonight with a 40.99, becoming just the 8th person ever to break 41 seconds in the event.

The time clipped NCAA legend Caeleb Dressel‘s SEC Meet Record, which stood at 41.07. Dressel holds the SEC conference record, NCAA and American records at 39.90, and is the only swimmer in history to break 40 seconds in a yards 100 free.

Perhaps most impressively, Curry’s race tonight was a massive personal best, chipping 0.78 seconds off his previous top mark of 41.77, which he swam at the 2021 NCAAs. In addition to becoming the #8 performer all-time, Curry’s performance tonight marks the 16th-fastest performance of all-time.

Below is a split comparison between Curry’s swim tonight, his previous best, Caeleb Dressel‘s previous SEC record, and Dressel’s NCAA record swim.

Split Brooks Curry – 2022 SEC Champs Caeleb Dressel – 2016 SEC Champs Brooks Curry – 2021 NCAA Champs (Previous Best) Caeleb Dressel – 2018 NCAA Champs (NCAA Record)
1st 50 19.47 19.52 19.88 18.96
2nd 50 21.52 21.55 21.89 20.94
Final Time 40.99 41.07 41.77 39.90

Curry has been great in Knoxville this week, clocking an 18.67 in the 50 free, and 1:31.39 in the 200 free.

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7 months ago


7 months ago

dressel was 40.87 during 400 free relay 2018 sec

7 months ago

No he isn’t. Caeleb went 40.87 in 2018 SEC in 400 free relay lead-off.

katie’s gator cap :)
7 months ago

quirked up white boy fr

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
7 months ago

How long till someone posts a massive umprompted picture of Caeleb Remel Dressel #GOAT #17.63IsUntouchable

Grimes/Mcintosh combo is the future
7 months ago

I want to see Kyle Chalmers and Kliment AK47 in the 100 free yards.

39 mid from King Chalmers easy.

dressel 49:28

he would not be faster than dressel at yards

Reply to  dressel 49:28
7 months ago

He isn’t even faster LCM

Reply to  Joe
7 months ago

But, he’s faster than him SCM. Chalmers is the recent WR holder.

Mr Piano
Reply to  dressel 49:28
7 months ago

Chalmers could totally go 39 in yards. His underwaters are just as good as Dressel, and he is the short course record holder. Dressel’s 39.9 is imo not up to his seemingly invincible standard he set in the 17.63 and 42.8, so it would be vulnerable to Kyle.

Irish Ringer

King? Maybe of Australia I guess, but not of swimming in general.

Reply to  Irish Ringer
7 months ago

Chalmers is more of a Duke than a King. Feel free to pronounce that as Dook.

7 months ago

Wow!! Great swim!

Joel Lin
Reply to  Mnswim
7 months ago

He just keeps getting faster. Can’t wait to see his NCAA meet.

dressel 49:28
Reply to  Joel Lin
7 months ago

Can’t wait to see him at trials and hopefully budapest