Caeleb Dressel Crushes 15-16 NAG Record in 100 Free

Bolles 16-year old Caeleb Dressel has broken the National Age Group Record in the men’s 100 free as another one of the glory age group days of the late 80’s/early 90’s goes by the wayside.

Dressel swam a 49.63 in prelims to break the 1990 record set by Cincinnati legend Joe Hudepohl that had been 50.24. This makes Dressel the youngest swimmer in U.S. history to swim into the 40’s in this race, and he’ll still finish out the summer as a  15-16.

His previous personal best was 50.85; that’s a huge drop, but won’t surprise many in the Bolles camp. We spoke with many around that group this week who were all-but-guaranteeing this record, saying that Dressel has been training really strongly.

Though he trains with Bolles, Dressel is one of the rare part of that club program that doesn’t also swim for the High School, as he attends nearby Clay High School. He trains directly under Jason Calanog. With open contact beginning for college coaches on July 1, the senior-to-be has left a brilliant final impression for coaches trying to identify the top targets headed into the fall.

Dressel previously broke Hudepohl’s yards record at Short Course Juniors in December.

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Congratulations to Caeleb and Sergio! Dressel made it look easy and made it to top 8 tonight. Could come down even more.


That would be crazy if he made worlds on a relay. Congrats to him

Why not !!! that would be great . Usa needs desperatly new guys for the 100 free and the 400 free relay

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Don’t expect too much from him in the final. I don’t know if he will be faster tonight. His championships are already successful. It’s a shame he doesn’t swim the 50 free this week. He could have swum around 22.50.


He’s not swimming the 50!? Why not!?



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