Caeleb Dressel Resets Florent Manaudou’s 50 Free (SCM) World Record at 20.24


  • Friday, December 20 – Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM Local Time (U.S. Pacific Time)
  • Madalay Bay Resort and Casino – Las Vegas, NV
  • Short Course Meters (SCM) format
  • Top 4 qualifying franchises: Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, Cali Condors
  • Live Stream (ESPN3)
  • Day 1 start lists

Swimming next to Florent Manaudou – the previous world record holder – at the 2019 ISL Grand Finale, the Cali Condors’ Caeleb Dressel reset the world record in the short course meters 50 free at 20.24.

Manaudou’s previous record of 20.26 was from the 2014 World Championships. Dressel owned the previous American and U.S. Open records at 20.43 (from 2018 Worlds) and 20.81 (from the College Park ISL meet).

The swim was Dressel’s third in under an hour. He had previously won the event twice this season (not including skins races) at the Naples (20.64) and College Park meets.

Energy Standard’s Manaudou was 20.69 for second place Friday, while London Roar’s Kyle Chalmers was third in 20.74.

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His turn off the wall was amazing


Probably one of the best turns ever. That was crazy


But his turn into the wall was sub par


More to improve on. Bodes well for a potential sub 20


I noticed he glided in pretty bad for 50 standards

Darren Ward

He actually was a bit slow into the wall…but yes, great recovery.. I think there was a 20.0 in that swim.


Smoked Prince Chalmers again


Chalmers performed better than expected by beating Manadou and did a PB.


And got smoked….


he did both …so no need to insist

Old Man Chalmers

Would love to see chalmers and dressel in a 200 then


He didn’t beat Manadou.


I think Troyy meant Proud.


Chalmers has never really been a 50 swimmer, so this is entirely unsurprising.


Chalmers not a 50 swimmer. Love how you forget 2016 and 2018 continually


It would help if you were a little less vague.


Gotta start wondering when sub 20 is gonna happen – you figure if dressel doesnt have three events before it, he woulda gotten close

Bo Swims

Agreed. He will be the guy to break 20.


His 17.6 scy should easily be a sub 20 in scm, so we can definitely expect it – assuming he takes scm seriously enough.


Agreed. I know conversions are fraught with issues — but his 17.6 converts to ~19.4. He should be able to destroy 20 if he wants to.


If he wants to?

Mr. F

The problem is SCM events are taken the least seriously of all three courses. If NCAAs were SCM like they were in 1999 you might see it

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