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.