Cal’s Ryan Hoffer Becomes 4th-Fastest American in 100 Free with 40.90

2021 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
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Cal senior Ryan Hoffer crashed through the 41-second barrier for the first time in heat of the men’s 100 freestyle on Saturday morning to land the top qualifying time of 40.90, breaking the pool record. It was his best time since 2015 when he went 41.23 at Winter Juniors to set a meet, pool and national age group record for 17-18 boys. Hoffer had taken down Caeleb Dressel’s previous NAG Record of 41.90 from 2015 SEC Championships.

Hoffer’s 40.90 was the 11th-fastest performance in history. He moves from #11 to #5 on the all-time list of performers in the 100 free, passing Cesar Cielo (40.92), Michael Chadwick (40.95), Ryan Held (41.05), Tate Jackson (41.06), and Nathan Adrian (41.08), most of whom are Olympians. Only Dressel, Vlad Morozov, Dean Farris, and Bowe Becker have been faster. Hoffer is only .14 away from Vlad Morozov’s #2 performance of 40.76, which he has another shot at tonight.

  1. Dressel, Caeleb – 39.90 – 2018 NCAA DI-Men
  2. Morozov, Vladimir – 40.76 – 2013 NCAA DI-Men
  3. Farris, Dean – 40.80 – 2019 NCAA DI-Men
  4. Becker, Bowe – 40.83 – 2019 NCAA DI-Men
  5. Hoffer, Ryan – 40.90 – 2021 NCAA DI-Men
  6. Cielo, Cesar – 40.92 – 2008 NCAA DI-Men
  7. Chadwick, Michael – 40.95 – 2017 NCAA DI-Men
  8. Held, Ryan – 41.05r – 2018 NCAA DI-Men
  9. Jackson, Tate – 41.06 – Texas Hall of Fame Swimming In
  10. Adrian, Nathan – 41.08 – 2009 NCAA DI-Men
Hoffer, 2015 Hoffer, 2021
19.73 19.64
21.50 21.26
41.23 40.90



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4 months ago

Your list is missing Bowen Becker’s 40.83

Reply to  Bub
4 months ago

Didn’t Hoffer also pass Simonas Bilis Who went 41.18 that time is missing.

Last edited 4 months ago by PFA
Captain Ahab
4 months ago

Wow! Seems like he’s getting faster as this championship meet goes longer. He should time trial the 50 free to see if he can get under 18.

Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 months ago

It took him 4.5 years to drop from 18.7 to 18.3. You think he can make a similar drop after resting for one more day?

Captain Ahab
Reply to  Pvdh
4 months ago


4 months ago

I wish we could have seen what he would have done last year.

4 months ago

I think he’s going to go 40. Low but he def has an outside shot of breaking 40 not likely but def not out of the question by any means.

Last edited 4 months ago by PFA
Reply to  PFA
4 months ago

Rowdy: “he didn’t break 39.90 but he broke 40”

4 months ago

I was worried he’d never break the 41.23… glad he’s really had a great last two years and that it is all coming together this week!

4 months ago

That was an exceptional swim!! Not perfect but close…..

4 months ago

I’ve watched that 100 free from 2015 more times than I can count. It still remains the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen in a pool.

Ryan, watching you bust your ass and continue to find ways to improve has truly been an inspiration. But more so, you just have an attitude that can’t be beat. Enjoy your moment man, you’ve earned it. You’ve got a great future in the sport in front of you.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Hmmmm
4 months ago

It was very impressive of course, but most incredible? Phelps WR at 15? Thorpe 3:41 in briefs at 16? Any of Katie Ledecky’s WRs?

Reply to  Hmmmm
4 months ago

In my mind, that 2015 swim singlehandedly busted the myth that swimming freestyle is faster than underwater dolphin kicking.

4 months ago

When Hoffer went that huge 41.23, wasn’t that like the second or third quickest US time in history? Slower than Adrian, but 2015 was before Dressel became a god.

Last edited 4 months ago by Joe

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