Caeleb Dressel Breaks National High School, National Age Group Records in 50 Yard Free

Clay High School senior Caeleb Dressel has broken the National High School Record in the 50 yard freestyle at the FSPA Invitational in Florida on Saturday evening.

At this mid-season meet, with little-to-no rest, Dressel swam a 19.36. That broke the 19.43 done by Vlad Morozov of Torrance High School in California.

After splitting a 24.99 50 yard breaststroke split (unbelievably fast for a high school swimmer in its own right), Dressel came back about 20 minutes later to break his first ever National High School Record, as well as the 17-18 USA Swimming National Age Group Record. The old 17-18 National Age Group Record belonged to Seth Stubblefield, who was a 19.41 as a freshman at Cal in 2012, and Dressel only turned 17 just over a month ago.

Dressel’s potential now becomes truly terrifying. If he’s going National High School Records mid-season, and if we can draw any comparison between the improvements of the Bolles-trained swimmers in 2012 at this meet and their state meet (he swims for Clay High School, but trains primarily under Jason Calanog and the Bolles club team), there is a distinct possibility of a sub-19 second 50 yard free.

We almost saw another National Record through the first few events of the meet. Bolles’ Joseph Schooling, also unrested, was a 1:45.21 in the 200 yard IM. That just missed Curtis Ogren’s National Private High School Record by two-tenths of a second.

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Bill V.
9 years ago

Wasn’t this guy part of the so-called Bolles School “Dream Team” last year/season?

Guess it wasn’t so dreamy after all…

Coach CJ
Reply to  Bill V.
9 years ago

He never went the Bolles School. He just swims on the club team.

9 years ago

That’s sooooooooooooooooo fast!!!! I watched him swim that time last night it was so cool! Way to go Caeleb!!!!!!!!

9 years ago

Michael Andrew goes fast & we get propaganda about USRP training. Where is the story proclaiming Caleb Dressel’s training as the “next big thing” that will change swimming & how his method is the only one that allows for early season speed?

Reply to  John
9 years ago

I’m a huge Caleb Fan also. What an incredible young man (besides his accomplishments in the pool). What I love the most about him is his boldness to stand up and share his faith. I pray God’s blessings on you, your coach and your family Caleb.

Michael Andrew and his coach shares the way they train. No proclamations, no propaganda. It would be great if Caleb and his coach will consider sharing their secrets with the swimming world especially if they are they experimenting with USRPT?

9 years ago

Great job, what was his IM time?

9 years ago

WAY TO GO CAELEB!!! So proud of you 🙂

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