Caeleb Dressel Hits New 100 Free Best Time with a 48.74 in Tennessee


Caeleb Dressel, who was a pedestrian 50.71 in prelims of this race this morning, rocked a new personal best in the finals tonight. The rising Florida junior posted a 48.74 to easily win the event, as well as take four hundredths off of his best.

Dressel split 23.82/24.92**, somewhat of a Phelpsian swim, if you will. He split this differently at U.S. Nationals last summer (23.33/25.45) when he posted his previous best of 48.78. Notably, this is not only Dressel’s best time, but it’s also his first time under 49 seconds at a non-championship meet.

** Last night, live results showed these splits– today, however, they reflect a 23.09/25.65 splitting. We’re working to confirm which splits are correct.

Andrew Marsh (50.25) was 2nd in that event behind Dressel, and Roland Schoeman 3rd (51.03).

Megan Romano won the women’s 100 free, finishing in 55.86 in a close finish over Alia Atkinson (56.08). Natalie Hinds took third in 56.68. Romano got another win later on in the 100 back, finishing at 1:02.00 ahead of Elizabeth Beisel (1:02.25).

Beisel bounced back for an easy win in the 400 free– the 23-year-old shaved more than three seconds off from prelims to post a 4:10.87 to take the win in finals. She was well ahead of Ashley Neidigh (4:18.24), Erica Lanig (4:18.82), and Autumn Finke (4:19.85). True Sweetser took five seconds off of his morning time to win the men’s 400 free with a 3:54.44.

The men’s 200 breast went to Jorge Murillo Valdes at 2:15.99. Molly Hannis was the only swimmer under 2:34 in the women’s 200 breast– her time of 2:27.31 easily won her the race.

In the men’s 100 back, South African and University of Alabama swimmer Christopher Reid topped his teammate Luke Kaliszak (55.47) as well as Tennessee alumnus Sean Lehane (55.61).

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Irish Ringer
4 years ago

Young man is looking good! I like the splits.

4 years ago

Good news for Dressel, the American relay, and fans. He appears to be right on track to push the sub 48 envelope when he tapers down. Coming back in 24.9 is incredibly fast in season. Very excited for Omaha.

4 years ago

He is coming goooooooood Caeleb !!! Bodes very well for this 100 free at trials .

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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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