Caeleb Dressel Breaks Joe Hudepohl’s 15-16 NAG Record

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 9

December 09th, 2012 Club, News

The Bolles boys team is so fast this year, that they could fairly be mistaken for a college team. Not just any college team, but a pretty good college team.

Then, it’s easy to forget that they’re actually only in high school, and even at that some are only 16 years old. They’re excelling in events where 16 year olds usually aren’t strong enough or developed enough to be as good as these guys are. Events like the sprint freestyles, where age is most directly correlated with relative time drops among all disciplines.

When Caeleb Dressel won the men’s 100 free on Saturday, he just barely missed the Meet Record, but what he did do was destroy the oldest 100 yard free record, men’s or women’s of any age group, still on the books with a 43.29. Hudepohl’s old record of 43.83 came in 1990 – 22 years ago.

That’s half-a-second off of a record that stood for 22 years (a mile if it’s a yard in a 100 free). Something that is becoming more-and-more common in these NAG Records (see Allie Szekely, cutting two seconds off of an 8 year old record, for example) but somehow still continues to shock every time.

Hudepohl’s record in its time was so amazing that it wasn’t even approached until Kyle Bubolz broke 44 seconds in 2003; the second-fastest 100 free time of the 90’s was a 44.5 for this age group. Paul Powers out of Georgia came very close earlier this year with another sub 44 offering, and though he still has plenty of time to clear Hudepohl’s old standard, though to get the record he’s not got a much higher bar.

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Another Huge fantastic time and surprise !!! Great hopefull for the Usa on sprint


I Remeber when this record was set by Joe. I never thought it would last this long. This could be a memorable weekend with two great meets for USA youth swimming.


Will those guys be on Youth World next year? It would be great ( and better to grasp how everyone is ) when all the best youngster are swimming together all on LCM ( which on the end.. is the one that counts )


4 NAG Freestyle records broke on brazil also on SCM

Pedro Spajari (15) broke 50 and 100 Cielo nag Records (50:49 23:22) and Gabriel Santos (16) Broke also on same races (49:42 and 22:78)

they are really good times, but no as impressive as Santana 50.25 in LCM or Felipe Ribeiro 52.23 (with only 14years-old) last week.
The most impressive time made by a 16year-old this year(in long course), in my humble opnion was Evgeny Sedov in 50 free with 22.67.That s a monster time.

bobo gigi

It looks like the Russian team will be very competitive in the next years. They prepare very well their world championships at home in 2015 with for example some very fast young sprinters and will be very dangerous in the men’s relays.


DDias, when was Sedov time made? Looking at swimnews rank and can´t find it..

see that:

He is the first in 50 and 100 free.If i am not mistaken, the best 100 free by a 16years old was made by Cameron McEvoy(Australia) with 49.70.He is the best guy at 17years-old too with 48.58.


It would be good is there was a Japanese/USA and Australia Ranking too.. all LCM so we would compare how everyone are.. but Brazil seem pretty good comparing to Europe.. in some events brazil is better.. in other.. second or third at most..

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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