Caeleb Dressel Swims Fastest 50 Yard Free in History: 18.39

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 38

February 17th, 2016 College, News, SEC

University of Florida sophomore Caeleb Dressel, the defending NCAA Champion in the 50 yard freestyle, has swum the fastest 50 freestyle in history to break the NCAA, American, and U.S. Open Records in the event.

Dressel swam 18.39 in prelims on Wednesday at the 2016 SEC Swimming & Diving Championship in Columbia, Missouri. The records he broke:

  • SEC Championship Record, Matt Targett, 18.52 (2009 SEC Championships)
  • SEC Record, Cesar Cielo, 18.47 (2008 NCAA Championships)
  • American Record, Nathan Adrian, 18.66 (2011 NCAA Championships)
  • NCAA Record, Cesar Cielo, 18.47 (2008 NCAA Championships)
  • U.S. Open Record (fastest ever), Cesar Cielo, 18.47 (2008 NCAA Championships)

This adds to the increasing legend of Dressel, who two years ago became the first junior swimmer under 19 seconds in the 50 yard free, and then last season broke his own National Age Group Record with an 18.67 – which is still a whopping four-tenths of a second faster than anybody else in that age group has been.

USC’s Vlad Morozov swam a 18.63 in 2013, his last year as a collegiate swimmer, that was the previous fastest time in a textile jammer (aka a suit that would be legal under current rules).

At the beginning of the season, Florida head coach Gregg Troy said that he would shave his mustache if Dressel went an 18.39 in the 50 free, calling the shot exactly.

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I hope this will translate well into LCM!!!!


The first thing I thought of upon seeing the time was Troy’s mustache. I am sure it will be shaved at NCAAs. I honestly thought it would be amazing if Dressel threw down an 18.49 in a month. Like I thought that would be a stellar time drop, and the best 50 of all time (in scy), but 18.39!!!!!! Man if his 100 free is not under 42, that is a bad sign. Really hoping he can blast another American record there as well but I am not so sure. I am gonna predict a 41.3 out of him. I REALLY hope I am wrong and he goes way faster. I REEEAAAALLLLY do. I just don’t think it will be… Read more »


If you check his profile that is linked in the article it lists is 100 yard free as 41.90.


Hoffer will probably lose to Dressel in the 50 but the 100 is up for grabs.


Dressel v. Hoffer. That will be the battle in YDS over the next 4 years!


Dressel is a second faster and almost 2 in LCM

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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