Caeleb Dressel Breaks American, NCAA, U.S. Open Records in 100 Free


Florida sophomore Caeleb Dressel has broken the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Records in the 100 yard freestyle. He swam a 40.46 on Saturday on the final day of the 2016 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, which goes down as the fastest time in history.

The old NCAA and U.S. Open Records belonged to former USC Trojan, and Russian, Vlad Morozov. The American Record was Dressel’s own: a 41.07 done at this year’s SEC Championships.

Comparative Splits:

  • Dressel NCAA: 19.23/21.23 = 40.46
  • Morozov ’13: 19.14/21.62 = 40.75
  • Dressel SEC: 19.52/21.55 = 41.07
  • Adrian – 19.65/21.43 – 41.08 (former American Record)

The difference in Dressel’s American Record was his combined front-half and back-half effort as compared to his SEC swim. He was fast enough to very-nearly challenge Vlad Morozov’s front-half – Morozov’s start and explosiveness made him almost untouchable for 25 yards.

North Carolina State’s Simonas Bilis swam a 41.18 for 2nd place, which is now the 10th-fastest performance, and 5th-fastest performer, in the history of the event at any level.

Earlier in the week, Dressel swam the fastest time ever in the 50 yard freestyle as well when he went 18.20.

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bobo gigi
4 years ago

Yes! I wanted a sub 41 and he did so much better.
Congrats to Caeleb Dressel on his huge meet.
Now all for long course.

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