Caeleb Dressel Clips Own American Record in 100 SCM Free – 45.18


Leading off the Cali Condors’ 400 free relay tonight in Budapest, ISL star Caeleb Dressel cranked out a 45.18 to just get under his own American Record in the 100 SCM freestyle. The swim came not long after Dressel smashed two World Records roughly within the same hour; he first went 47.78 in the 100 fly to become the first swimmer ever under 48 in the event, and he followed that with a 20.16 WR in the 50 free.

Dressel was 21.71 going out in the 100 free, coming home in 23.47 to give the Condors a big initial relay lead and rewrite his own record, which stood at 45.20. The old record was done last week at the ISL Semifinals, also on the 400 free relay lead-off. When Dressel went 45.20 last week, he also whittled down his own record by .02, breaking the 45.22 he swam at the 2019 ISL Final in Las Vegas last December.

Technically, Nathan Adrian is the fastest American in history, having been 45.08 at the 2009 Duel in the Pool, but that swim was done during the period when USA Swimming wasn’t recognizing American Records due to the now-banned super-suits.

Dressel holds his #5 spot on the all-time list globally, inching closer to Amaury Leveaux’s World Record of 44.94 from way back in 2008.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 100 Freestyle (SCM)

1 Amaury Leveaux (FRA) 44.94 2008
2 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 44.95 2018
3 Florent Manaudou (FRA) 45.04 2013
4 Nathan Adrian (USA) 45.08 2009
5 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 45.18 2020


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9 months ago

He’ll likely drop it even more tomorrow

Last edited 9 months ago by Gus
9 months ago

44.67 tomorrow, you heard it here first 🤐

King Dressel
9 months ago

Oh baby. I’m getting memories from Gwangju when Caeleb went a 47 mid leading off the free relay and then popped that 46.9.

9 months ago

47.78 WR 100FL… 20.16 WR 50FR… 45.18 100FR. All in 76 minutes.

I don’t think I can recall a more impressive SCM session in history.

Last edited 9 months ago by EliteSwim99
Reply to  EliteSwim99
9 months ago

Just SCM? Is there anything comparable in any pool? Grant Hacketts 1500M?

Last edited 9 months ago by Gator
Reply to  Gator
9 months ago

Some of Phelps’ Beijing swims? Ledecky back to backing the 1500 Final and 200 semis at Worlds?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Togger
9 months ago

I don’t think we’ve ever seen a sprinter pull off doubles and triples like this. He’s beginning to do to SCM what he did to SCY. Once he masters the stroke count and turns, he’ll move the SCM world records to a new level.

Reply to  EliteSwim99
9 months ago

Belmonte 1:59 200 fly and 4:19 4IM 2014 worlds SCM between 30 minuts was incredible

Swimming Guy
9 months ago
Reply to  Swimming Guy
9 months ago

Thank you for now. But I have a feeling the DMCA is going to come for you soon.

Swimming Guy
Reply to  IM FAN
9 months ago

LOL! Enjoy it while it lasts!

9 months ago

Dressel isn’t that much of a relay specialist, and we’ve seen him get better as the meet goes on many times. Also, he’ll be fresh tomorrow when he swims the individual 100, and look at how much he dropped the 100 fly record (also the first event of the day) compared to the other two. Everything is pointing toward an insane swim in the individual 100 tomorrow.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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