Caeleb Dressel Sets New American Record In 100 Free: 45.20


Cali Condor superstar Caeleb Dressel got off to a hot start on day two of the ISL’s second semi-final in the men’s 100 freestyle, setting a new American Record in a time of 45.20.

Dressel slices .02 off of his previous record of 45.22, set during last season’s finale in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he held the record at 45.62 from the 2018 Short Course World Championships.

The 24-year-old remains the fifth-fastest performer of all-time, while this swim checks in as the seventh-fastest performance ever.

Nathan Adrian is actually the fastest American in history, having been 45.08 at the 2009 Duel in the Pool, but that swim was done during the period when USA Swimming wasn’t recognizing American Records due to the now-banned super-suits. However, if the swim was a world record (like Rebecca Soni‘s 2:14.57 200 breaststroke), it was also an official American Record.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 100 Freestyle (SCM)

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Amaury Leveaux (FRA) 44.94 2008
2 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 44.95 2018
3 Florent Manaudou (FRA) 45.04 2013
4 Nathan Adrian (USA) 45.08 2009
5 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 45.20 2020

Compared to his record swim from last December, Dressel made his hay on the second 50 today, closing in a scintillating 23.34. As the world record holder in the 50 free, if the 2016 Olympian can utilize his front-half speed a little bit more in the final, he’ll have a good shot at Amaury Leveaux‘s world record of 44.94. In that swim, which was super-suited, Leveaux split 21.72/23.22.

Dressel, 2019 ISL Finale Dressel, 2020 ISL Semi
21.65 21.86
23.57 (45.22) 23.34 (45.20)

Prior to this swim, Dressel held the top time in the ISL this season at 45.56, and produced his best-ever relay split on day one of this match in 44.91. He also narrowly missed his world record in the 50 free on the opening day in 20.28.

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1 year ago

When you say Leveaux’s swim was “suited” — I assume you mean “super body suited – 2008-09 version” right?

Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

he was suited in a speedo brief, very advanced technology

M Palota
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

Leveaux was wearing two of the ’08-’09 super suits!

NornIron Swim
Reply to  M Palota
1 year ago

If i remember he wore 2 TYR supersuits. Whatever their model was called. That was a fast meet. He and Bousquet both went sub 20 in the 4×50 free relay for France.

1 year ago

Lol imagine if in the final he swims the first 50 under 21 to go for the world record……..and he is exactly the type of guy who would do that.

Mr Piano
1 year ago

Dressel’s 39.90 100y free converts to 44.23 SCM according to Swimswam’s time converter. Can’t wait for finals.

Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

I have no doubt we will see Dressel WR in 44something.But if Dressel does 44.2 in SCM it will be because he is in another league, and probably much faster than his 39.9.

Reply to  DDias
1 year ago

Yea he was pretty cooked when he went 39.9. But I expect something like 44.7-44.8. Which is still tremendous

Here Comes Lezak
1 year ago

I think we could see a 44.mid out of this dude. Unreal guy!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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