Caeleb Dressel Scorches 17.90 50 Free Split on Gator 200 Medley Relay


Florida’s Caeleb Dressel was a man on a mission when he dove in as the Gators’ 200 medley relay anchor at the 2017 SEC Championships. The Gators sat in 7th place when he entered the pool, but Dressel couldn’t be stopped. He tore through the water to bring the Gators back into the race, clocking a 17.90 split to become just the 2nd man to ever split under 18 seconds. When he touched the wall, the Gators had won it in 1:23.44.

What’s even more incredible to think about is that Dressel ran down a group men who swam 18-mid splits, making a considerably fast time look almost pedestrian. Alabama freshman Zane Waddell (18.59) and Texas A&M senior Cory Bolleter (18.62) also put up very fast splits to help their teams land a spot on the podium.

The only other man to have ever split under 18 seconds is USC’s Vlad Morozov, who swam the 3rd leg of their 200 free relay in 17.86, back at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

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4 years ago

Sprinting is changing

in the stall.

Sec Fan
4 years ago

It ain’t vlad tho

4 years ago

Crazy but also very impressive from Zane Wadell 18.59 is nothing to sleep on especially as a freshmen

4 years ago


4 years ago

please break 40 in the 100…

Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

Probably won’t at this meet but wouldn’t be surprised to see 40.6 flat, or a 40.2 split.

Joel Lin
4 years ago

Video game time. Dude is just incredible.

4 years ago

Really hoping for that 17.9 fron a flat start too

4 years ago

If Zane Waddell RT is true(0.7), Bama has a star in the making…

Reply to  DDias
4 years ago

No the pads are clearly not functioning as they should!

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