Reported by Jared Anderson.
50 FREE – FINALS
NCAA record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018- 18.11 American record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018- 18.11 U.S. Open record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2018- 18.11
- 2017 NCAA Champion: Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.23
Top 8 finishers:
- Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 17.63
- Ryan Held, NC State – 18.64
- Bowe Becker, Minnesota – 18.90
- Pawel Sendyk, Cal – 18.94
- Zach Apple, Auburn / Ryan Hoffer, Cal – 18.97
- Robert Howard, Alabama – 19.09
- Blake Pieroni, Indiana – 19.17
The only thing better than witnessing history is witnessing it twice.
Spectators of tonight’s meet got to see perhaps the most impressive night of short course swimming in world history, as Florida’s Caeleb Dressel re-lowered his own American record, going 17.63 to become the first man ever under 18 seconds in a flat start 50 free – twice in one day.
Dressel’s 17.63 takes two tenths off his already-insane 17.81 leading off the relay earlier and only cements what swimming fans have been thinking since at least this meet last year – Dressel is a generational talent and the greatest yards swimmer in history.
NC State’s Ryan Held was 18.64, still one of the fastest times in history and was a full second behind. Minnesota’s Bowe Becker thrilled the home crowd with an 18.90 for bronze, and six of the top 8 broke 19 seconds.
Cal’s Pawel Sendyk was 18.94 and Auburn’s’ Zach Apple tied with Ryan Hoffer of Cal for fifth at 18.97. The only two above 19 in the heat were Robert Howard and Blake Pieroni.
Dressel’s former club teammate Santo Condorelli won the B final, going 18.99 for USC.
NC State remains in the lead narrowly – they are 5 points up on Florida and 8.5 ahead of Cal. Texas is now 22 points back and Stanford is 41 back in 5th place.