Caeleb Dressel Swims 18.20 in NCAA 50 Free Final, Breaks All Records


See the race video here.

Florida sophomore Caeleb Dressel has beaten out his own records in the 50 yard free for the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open (fastest ever) Records in the event on Thursday evening at the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

Dressel swam 18.20 in the individual 50 free final, and now owns the 6 fastest times in history. He’s rewritten the 50 free record book, almost literally, in a hurry, with 4 of the 5 best 50 yard freestyles in a single day on Thursday.

Dressels splits were 8.70/9.50.

Updated Top 10 Swims:

  • Dressel 18.20, 2016 NCAA individual finals
  • Dressel, 18.23, 2016 SEC individual finals
  • Dressel, 18.24, 2016 NCAA relay finals
  • Dressel, 18.29, 2016 NCAA individual prelims
  • Dressel, 18.32, 2016 NCAA relay prelims
  • Dressel, 18.39, 2016 SEC individual prelims
  • Cesar Cielo, 18.47, 2008
  • Cesar Cielo, 18.52, 2008
  • Matt Targett, 18.52, 2009
  • Vlad Morozov, 18.63, 2013

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

Back to Mr Dressel, his 18.20 are impressive. New American and NCAA record. Great.
But I can’t stop myself from saying: the 50 free final was his 4th 50 free of the day. What time he could have swum if he had saved more energy in the prelims? What’s the use of swimming 18.29 in the morning? I don’t see.
But apart from that, his overall day is impressive in terms of consistency and shows that his average level is a very high level now.
We will still wait for the sub 18 but anyway, we must not believe it will be easy to do it. Dressel has reached a level in yards that is tough now… Read more »

bobo gigi
7 years ago

Hank, it’s more and more common in college track and field and we see even more and more high school prodigies turn pro too.
But in swimming that’s very rare. For the moment.

7 years ago

Assuming Caeleb makes the olympic team he should turn pro prior to the olympics. What is the point of swimming 2 more years in the NCAA?

7 years ago

slow motion video analysis ^^

7 years ago

When you go an 18.2, how is it even possible for a coach like Gregg Troy(or any coach for that matter) to even physically see what Dressel needs to work on to improve?

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