The Bolles School’s Caeleb Dressel has broken his own National Age Group Record in the 100 free for 15-16’s, swimming a 49.28 on Tuesday in prelims of the 2013 USA Swimming Junior National Championships.
That swim cut more than two-tenths of a second off of the 49.50 that he did in the A-Final at the 2013 World Championship Trials at the end of June.
In the heats, Dressel split 23.15-26.13 en route to the record, and those splits support what was seen with the naked eye: he was out very fast, and then shut things down in the last 10 meters or so. Compare to his splits from Indianapolis, where he went 23.74-25.76, and it shows how much of this record was on the front-half. If he keeps himself relaxed and focused, he could put himself under 49 seconds in finals.
He will have his teammate Santo Condorelli there to push him in finals, as Condorelli was 2nd in 49.38 and split a very similar race.
Full, live meet results available here.