Reported by Jared Anderson.
100 FREESTYLE – FINALS
NCAA record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2017, 40.00 American record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2017, 40.00 U.S. Open record: Caeleb Dressel (Florida), 2017, 40.00
- 2017 NCAA Champion: Caeleb Dressel, 2017, 40.00
Top 8 finishers:
- Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 39.90
- Ryan Held, NC State – 41.08
- Justin Ress, NC State – 41.49
- Blake Pieroni, Indiana – 41.51
- Jacob Molacek, NC State – 41.55
- Townley Haas, Texas – 41.67
- Tate Jackson, Texas – 41.81
- Santo Condorelli, USC – 42.34
Florida’s Caeleb Dressel did it one more time, breaking the 40-second barrier for the first time in history with a 39.90 to win his last individual title of a storied NCAA career. Dressel was out in 18.9 to his feet and returned in 20.9 to finish that 39-second swim.
NC State had a killer showing behind Dressel’s spectacle. Ryan Held was 41.08, dropping a hundredth from this morning’s relay split to move up and tie Nathan Adrian for #5 all-time in the event. Interestingly enough, Adrian was on hand to present the medals in this race.
Held’s teammate Justin Ress was third in 41.49 and will be the fastest returner next year. Indiana’s Blake Pieroni wound up fourth in 41.51, just touching out the last of the Wolfpack trio, Jacob Molacek, who was 41.55.
Texas’s two swimmers each moved up a spot, with Townley Haas taking 6th and Tate Jackson 7th. They’re looking like the top threat to NC State in tonight’s 400 free relay.
USC’s Santo Condorelli was 8th.
In the B final, Auburn’s Zach Apple blasted a 41.36 to win by a wide margin with ‘Bama’s Robert Howard 10th.