Caeleb Dressel Breaks American, NCAA Records In 100 Breast


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Well, he did it again.

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel continues to amaze at his fourth and final SEC Championships, breaking the NCAA and American records in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 50.03. Dressel earns his second NCAA and American Record marks of the meet after he obliterated the 200 IM records on Thursday night. The swim knocks off Kevin Cordes‘ 2014 mark of 50.04.

The 21-year-old improved his personal best from 51.88 to 51.07 this morning, and appeared to have a bit left in the tank for tonight. That was definitely the case, as he now owns five individual SCY American/NCAA records, adding the 200 IM and 100 breast to the 50/100 free and 100 fly.

Chances are he won’t swim either the 200 IM or 100 breast at the NCAA Championships, as he’ll likely retreat to his usual three (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly). With this being his senior year, this meet was his last real chance to branch out and swim some events he usually doesn’t. He clearly wanted to leave his mark, and he’s done just that.

Check out the five fastest performers of all-time below:


1 Caeleb Dressel 50.03 2018
2 Kevin Cordes 50.04 2014
3 Will Licon 50.68 2017
4 Fabian Schwingenschloegl 50.77 2017
5 Nic Fink 50.8 2017

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138 Comments on "Caeleb Dressel Breaks American, NCAA Records In 100 Breast"

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He now how Am Records in free, fly, breast and IM. I know this sounds like blasphemy, but this reminds me very much of 2002-04 when Phelps was expanding his lineup all over the place. We’re seeing it again.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo


You may need to change your “name” for Tokyo — it’s too modest.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 9 golds in Tokyo


He’s what Michael Andrew was hyped to be…..🤭

MA is 59 LCM. You don’t know what you are sayin

59 isnt that fast anymore, the top 17 did that at worlds last year

Yeah, at 18 he’s in the top 17 in the world. Totally sucks. Get that “overrated” chant started Ervin!

Steve Nolan

Three years ago, when Dressel was an 18 year old – MA’s age right now – he missed the A final of the 100 free at NCAAs.

(Am I omitting some things in this comment? Yes, but jeez guys.)

Completely agree! I’ve keep saying it but hes going for 8-9 gold in Tokyo

It’s too early to say if he will achieve such target in Tokyo. Usually in Olympics, those swimmers who are expected to do well didn’t. We have to see how he can perform under pressure. Swimmers around the world are improving so nothing is given. They will start studying him for sure.

yea…im preeeeeeeety sure he can handle the pressure


we saw how he dandled a double last year : 50 free & 100 fly

More about rest of the meet some guys can rise proud girev Milak Chalmers also relays bra gbr and Rus can give a run

This confuses me

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James Sutherland

James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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