Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Jared Anderson.
50 FREE – FINALS
- NCAA Record: Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 18:23
- American Record: Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 18:23
- U.S. Open Record: Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 18:23
Pool Record: Caeleb Dressel, 18.29
- 2015 Champion: Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 18.67
- Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 18.20
- Simonas Bilis, NC State – 18.84
- Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama – 18.95
Caeleb Dressel did it again, going 18.20 to lower his own American record for the third time in the past month and win his second-consecutive 50 free NCAA title.
The record was just 18.66 before Dressel got ahold of it, and the U.S. Open record was 18.47. Dressel has better both of those marks six times over the past five weeks – twice at SECs, twice this morning and now twice at tonight’s finals. Dressel now holds the six fastest swims in history in the event and four of them happened today.
NC State’s Simonas Bilis wasn’t quite able to match his twin 18.7s from prelims, but he did go 18.84 for the silver medal. Meanwhile Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev managed to rise all the way up to 18.95 and third place after barely scraping his way into the final through a three-way swim-off in prelims.
A trio of men finished right on the other side of 18 – Mizzou’s Michael Chadwick (19.04), Michigan’s Paul Powers (19.05) and Texas’s John Murray (19.08).
NC State’s Ryan Held fell off his prelims pace some, going 19.20, and Georgia Bulldog Michael Trice was 19.23 for 8th.