Dressel Remains Red Hot, Breaks SEC Meet Record With 51.07 100 Breast


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After blowing by the American and NCAA records in the 200 IM on night 2, Florida superstar Caeleb Dressel was at it again at day 4 prelims of the SEC Championships.

Once again taking on an event he doesn’t usually contest at the championship level, Dressel threw down a scintillating 51.07 in the 100 breast prelims. The swim breaks the school record, and also lowers Nic Fink‘s SEC Championship meet record of 51.25 set in 2014.

Dressel’s previous best was a 51.88, done at the Ohio State Invitational in November of 2015.

The swim moves Dressel into 9th all-time in the event. Kevin Cordes is currently the American Record holder in the event at 50.04, a time that has to be on watch for tonight’s final after what we’ve seen from Dressel this week.

Dressel qualified for the final nearly a full second and a half clear of the rest of the field, with Texas A&M’s Mauro Castillo Luna 2nd at 52.56.


Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Kevin Cordes 50.04 2014
2 Will Licon 50.68 2017
3 Fabian Schwingenschloegl 50.77 2017
4 Nic Fink 50.8 2017
5 Cody Miller 50.82 2015
6 Damir Dugonjic 50.86 2009
7 Chuck Katis 50.89 2015
8 Andrew Wilson 50.94 2017
9 Caeleb Dressel 51.07 2018

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4 years ago

With all those pullouts… His 200 breaststroke would be crazy!

4 years ago

Wait, his whole body was beyond the 15m marker at the other end of the pool when surfacing. Should he have been DQ’ed?

Reply to  keymaster
4 years ago

There’s no 15 meter rule for breaststroke.

4 years ago

It’s interesting that their turnover isn’t very quick. I thought quick turnover had become the norm for the 50 and 100.

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

Kal-El Dressel!

4 years ago

Everyone is talking about the swim and all I can think is that he switched out the eagle tattoo on his shoulder for what looks like a bear on his upper arm

Dan D.
Reply to  Dudeman
4 years ago

Yeah, I noticed that too! I’m trying to figure out what it is for sure

Captain Ahab
4 years ago

.51.07!! That is smoking! Wow

4 years ago


Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo
4 years ago

50 free 15.6
100 free 35.8
200 free 1:26.0
100 breast 46.9

Long course

tammy touchpad error

The real question everyone is dying to know his could he go a 7.9 in a 25 or a 4.6 in a 15? Enough with this 200 business. Dude is a sprinter.

Caeleb Dressel Will Get 8 golds in Tokyo
Reply to  tammy touchpad error
4 years ago

1:38.1 200 im

Phelps swims 200 breast rio

And a sub 4:00 500 warm down after every race

Right Dude Here

I heard a rumor that Joe Schooling just went 15.5, 35.7, 1.25.9, and 46.8 in practice last night.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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