Cullen Jones Downs Championship Record with 23.2 50 Fly

2017 U.S. NATIONALS/WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TRIALS

On day 2 of the 2017 U.S. Nationals/World Championships Trials, Olympic veteran Cullen Jones cracked the Championship Record in the 50 fly prelims. Jones blasted a 23.26 to earn lane 4 for tonight’s final, clearing the former record of 23.29 set by Eugene Godsoe at 2013 Nationals.

Tonight, Jones will be chasing the American Record, which stands at a 22.91 done by Bryan Lundquist in 2009. He’ll be up against sprint ace Caeleb Dressel, who was narrowly off the Championship Record a heat before Jones. Dressel qualified 2nd for finals in a quick 23.33, putting the two men just 7 hundredths apart.

In terms of the world rankings, Jones is now ranked 6th in the world, while Dressel is ranked 8th. Michael Andrew nearly cracked the top 10 as well with his 23.51 to qualify 3rd for the final. Andrew is now tied for 15th in the world with Singaporean Olympic butterfly champ Joseph Schooling, who threw down a 23.51 at the Texas Senior Circuit Invite.

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Swimmer
5 years ago

Todd DeSorbo has done a great job with him. He should have left Swim MAC long ago.

dude
Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

NO doubt. David Marsh is overrated. People get sucked into his luscious locks and cutesy drills. Mr. DeSorbo is all buz nass.

Coach John
5 years ago

Old man speed FTW!

completelyconquered
5 years ago

This is only temporary. Dressel will crush it tonight.

Swimmer?
Reply to  completelyconquered
5 years ago

Probably. Jones still has a chance to qualify though.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  completelyconquered
5 years ago

Jones felt very fast ….

Swimmer?
5 years ago

Wow. I thought he was done.

CheatinVlad
Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

He’s now a 50s swimmer so he’s basically done

Swimmer?
Reply to  CheatinVlad
5 years ago

He was always a 50s swimmer…………………

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Swimmer?
5 years ago

not at all – he is still part of the 400 free relay World record in my book . His stroke in freestyle is one of the most beautiful to watch ( or used to )

Friend of Cullen\'s
Reply to  CheatinVlad
5 years ago

Pretty sure he’s one of the nicest people on the planet. 33 and living out an awesome dream. What were you/will you be doing at 33? Probably something lame where people can’t write nasty comments about you…

Swimmer33
Reply to  CheatinVlad
5 years ago

23.2 50 LCM FLY is done?!?! Guess 99.9999999999% of us never got started then.

This guy^^ sheesh

tea rex
5 years ago

Bryan Lundquist has to be one of the most random American Record holders from 2009.

Swimmer?
Reply to  tea rex
5 years ago

Supersuits. Would be a 24 without.

Rafael
5 years ago

Being 6th on these event is good, but they need to step up for medal, as probably the top guys will go under 23 (Santos, Govorov and Martins maybe even sub 22,7), you also have Proud (22,80).

Ervin
5 years ago

still got it

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