Caeleb Dressel did it again for the Florida Gators, breaking another American sprint freestyle record at the 2016 SEC Championships.
This time, Dressel snuck under the 100 freestyle record by just .01 seconds, taking Olympic champ Nathan Adrian‘s name off the books.
Dressel was 41.07, getting under the 41.08 mark Adrian set back in 2009 when he was a member of the California Golden Bears in the NCAA.
Comparatively, Dressel bested Adrian’s record with a fast opening split of 19.52 to his feet at the flip turn – more than a tenth faster than what Adrian went in setting the record. Adrian was a tenth faster on the back half, but Dressel still bested his overall time:
- Dressel – 19.52/21.55 – 41.07
- Adrian – 19.65/21.43 – 41.08
Dressel’s swim also broke the highly-competitive SEC meet record, previously held by Matt Targett at 41.55. The US Open and NCAA records, however, still stand at the 40.76 set by Vlad Morozov of USC in 2013.
He now ranks #3 all-time behind Morozov and Cesar Cielo, who was also under 41 back in 2008:
Top 100 Freestylers of All-Time:
- Vlad Morozov, 40.76 – 2013 (US Open, NCAA record)
- Cesar Cielo, 40.92 – 2008
- Caeleb Dressel, 41.07 – 2016 (American record)
- Nathan Adrian, 41.08 – 2009
- Ryan Hoffer, 41.23 – 2015 (17-18 NAG record)