Dressel Anchors Prelims Relay in 40.15 for Fastest Relay Split Ever


Day 4 prelims of the Men’s NCAA Championships concluded with the 400 free relay, where sprint ace Caeleb Dressel of Florida was once again a crucial part of his squad. The Gators were well behind going into the anchor leg, but Dressel stepped up to run down the field with his 40.15 split, giving them the heat win.

Dressel’s Splits:

  • 1st 50 Split- 19.02
  • 2nd 50 Split- 21.13
  • Final Time- 40.15

Dressel was about a tenth shy of his best flat start time, which stands as a 40.00 from the 2017 NCAA Championships. At this meet, he’s become the first man to break 18 in the 50 free and the first man to break 43 in the 100 fly. He’s looking to break 1 more barrier tonight as he could become the first man to break 40 seconds in the 100 free. Given his performances so far, that doesn’t seem out of reach for Dressel. If he doesn’t lead off the relay for the Gators tonight, it’s safe to say he’ll probably putting up the fastest relay split again in finals.

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Kinda funny that his best split is slower than his flat start. And after tonight, it won’t even be close.


Unless he anchors.


Ress splits 40.3. Not even Sir Caleb will be able to catch the Wolfpack tonight!


To be fair, I don’t think Captain America could catch the Wolfpack tonight.


Actually it is quite possible. Florida could’ve been 6:04 and 800 free relay if Dressel have been swimming it. Florida won the 200 free relay. Tonight we’re going to see quite a show.

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