Gui Caribe Hits 41.44 100 Free, Becomes Second-Fastest Division I Freshman (RACE VIDEO)

2022 TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL

On Saturday at the 2022 Tennessee Invite, Tennessee freshman Gui Caribe swam a new personal best time of 41.44 in the 100 free to become the second-fastest Division I freshman in the history of the event. The only swimmer who has been faster than Caribe as a freshman is his teammate Jordan Crooks, who swam a 41.16 in his freshman year last season. Crooks was also the only swimmer who beat Caribe on Saturday, as he finished first in the race with a time of 41.29.

Caribe overtakes Jimmy Feigen and Danny Krueger, who previously were tied as the #2 DI freshmen performers in history, by 0.05 seconds in the all-time freshman 100 free rankings.

Notably, the two fastest freshmen in the history of the 100 free are now both Tennessee international swimmers, as Crooks comes from the Cayman Islands and Caribe is from Brazil.

ALL-TIME FASTEST NCAA DIVISION I FRESHMEN IN THE MEN’S 100 YARD FREE:

  1. Jordan Crooks, Tennessee- 41.16 (2022)
  2. Gui Caribe, Tennessee- 41.44 (2022)
  3. Jimmy Feigen (2009)/Danny Krueger (2019), Texas- 41.49
  4. —-
  5. Matt King, Alabama (2021)/Rafael Miroslaw, Indiana (2022)– 41.63
  6. —-
  7. Bjoern Seeliger, Cal- 41.65 (2021)
  8. Josh Liendo, Florida- 41.70 (2022)
  9. Adam Chaney, Florida- 41.74 (2021)
  10. Brooks Curry, LSU- 41.81 (2020)
  11. Matt Brownstead, UVA- 41.87(2021)
  12. Vlad Morozov, USC- 41.88 (2011)

Coming into college, Caribe held a long course personal best of 48.71 in the 100 free and was a Brazilian age group record holder, but he was a relatively unknown recruit. He started attracting attention as soon as he began racing as a Volunteer, turning heads when he clocked an unsuited 42.81 at a dual meet against Louisville and a 41.96 relay split against NC State. Then, when he suited up for the first time this season at the Tennessee invite, he dropped nearly a second off his PB and went 41.91 in prelims before swimming a 41.44 in finals.

Caribe still has the rest of the 2022-23 season to get a shot at Crooks’ freshman record. As you can see from the splits below, Caribe was 0.17 seconds slower than Crooks on the first 50 and 0.1 seconds slower on the second 50, meaning he will have to either improve both his front and back half or go more “all-out” in one part of his race in order to get a shot at beating Crooks’ time.

Gui Caribe vs. Jordan Crooks, Comparative Splits:

Gui Caribe, 2022 Tennessee Invite Jordan Crooks, 2022 NCAA Championships
50y 19.58 19.41
100y 21.85 21.75
Total 41.44 41.16

Earlier at the Tennessee Invite, Caribe dipped under 19 seconds in the 50 free to go 18.91, becoming the fourth-fastest freshman in the history of that event. Crooks also holds the freshman record in the 50 free with a time of 18.53.

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Demarrit Steenbergen
13 days ago

How old is gui?

IM FAN
Reply to  Demarrit Steenbergen
9 days ago

Hmmm his DOB doesn’t appear to be anywhere on the internet. From what I can gather though there’s nothing unusual about his path to college so probably 18-19.

CraigH
13 days ago

What was Dressel his freshman year?

PFA
Reply to  CraigH
13 days ago

41.90 the previous 17-18 NAG record

Penny Gordon
13 days ago

Gator freshman, Josh Liendo, did a 41.7 at the UGA Fall Invitational last night.

sprintyspice
13 days ago

Minakov went 41.09 at NCAAs last year as a freshman.

Himothy
13 days ago

He actually dipped down to 48.42 lcm in a heat by himself last year🤯

Marmot
14 days ago

Observations:
-Caribe has a more nuanced stroke
-Crooks obviously much, MUCH better UNDERWATER for the start and first two walls.
-They’re roughly equal in actual start and turn mechanics.
-Both can improve noticeably on the start – especially Crooks with those back feet dragging into the water. This is great news for him as he’s already so quick yet has a pretty typical start.
-Crooks is all power with that straight arm technique. The piano hits those guys hard, as it did in this race.

Admin
Reply to  Marmot
14 days ago

Can you elaborate on what you mean by nuanced stroke? I’ve never heard a stroke described that way and I’m curious.

Dudeman
Reply to  Braden Keith
13 days ago

I think the smoothness of the stroke, the slight gallop, very little splash up front compared to Crooks is what they’re talking about. His stroke is noticeably more efficient especially on that last 25 and looks like he’s gliding down the pool compared to Crooks muscling his way through the last 10-15 yards

Marmot
Reply to  Braden Keith
13 days ago

More elbow bend on the recovery, clearly more rotation through the chest than Crooks (or Dressel’s 50/100 stroke), stretches out with the hands at beginning top of the pull, clearly has a shallower pull underwater (higher elbow position). He doesn’t solely rely on turnover and straight-arm power.

You haven’t heard of the word nuanced before, or haven’t noticed the differences in the strokes before? Caribe has significantly more coupling motions on his stroke than Crooks, and it’s just eye-popping to watch them side-by-side. Crooks still has a lot of baked-on “techniques,” they’re just more power-based.

Just this past summer much debate is/was made of Chlorine Daddy’s stroke but basically everyone who watched his races.

Last edited 13 days ago by Marmot
Rafael
14 days ago

Based on the vídeo crooks has much better walls and uw, but over the water caribe kills it fratus and ervin style

VFL
14 days ago

El Gui me da vida!!!

Nikoli Blackman gonna join this list next year!! Let’s go Vols!!

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