Just one day after Bolles School Sharks’ rising star Caeleb Dressel shattered Ian Crocker’s 200 meter freestyle record by going a 1:48.64, he knocked another sprint record out of the books with a blistering 22.39 this morning in the 50 meter freestyle prelims at the Junior National Championships in Irvine, CA. By doing so, Dressel bettered his own 22.59 standard that had been established at the 2013 TYR BSS Summer Classic back in June.
Dressel’s time is impressive not only from an American perspective, but also when compared with the times that some of the world’s best sprinters today posted when they were just 16 years old. For example, if we take the top 2 finishers from the 2013 FINA World Championships in the 50 meter freestyle, and take a look at their best times when they were 16, we find that Dressel has already surpassed them both.
Cesar Cielo’s best 50 LCM Free at age 16: 23.29 (this Brazilian age group record has since been broken)
Vladimir Morozov’s best 50 LCM Free at age 16: 22.44
Caeleb Dressel’s best 50 LCM Free at age 16: 22.39
Dressel still has an opportunity to improve on his swim tonight in finals. He will be pushed by fellow teammate and future USC Trojan, Santo Condorelli (22.88), as well as future Michigan Wolverine, Paul Powers (22.99), from Splash Aquatic Club in Georgia. Also, Caeleb will also surely have his sights on the 22.13 meet record that Morozov established in 2010 (coincidentally also in Irvine).