He’s Done It: Caeleb Dressel Goes Under 19 Seconds at Just 17 Years Old

  23 Braden Keith | December 12th, 2013 | Club, Junior Nationals, National, News

When Caeleb Dressel went a supposed 19.0 in practice a few months ago, even for those who didn’t necessarily believe the watch 100%, there was some salivation going on.

Now, it’s time to drool. The 17-year old Caeleb Dressel has destroyed the 17-18 National Age Group Record in the 50 yard freestyle, swimming an 18.94 at just 17 years old. He’s now the first 18 & under swimmer (American or not) to go under 19 seconds in this race. This swim broke the 19.29 that he’s done twice: once at the Florida High School 2A State Championship meet in November, and once in prelims in the individual 50 yard free.

It’s not entirely uncommon to see 17-year old girls enter the ranks of ‘all-time greats’. Missy, Ledecky, Hoff…there’s been a few in that rare air in the past few years. But for a 17-year old male, especially a sprinter, to have a spot in any sort of ageless ranking is unbelievable.

That time by Dressel would have placed 2nd at last year’s NCAA Championship meet.

Now, Dressel now ranks 15th on the all-time, any-age list in the 50 yard freestyle. He becomes just the 19th person to break 19 seconds in that race – a ‘golden celebration’ of sorts. With another tenth-of-a-second drop (he’ll have one more shot at this race int he 50 free final later in the session), he’d move up to a tie for 8th with Jimmy Feigen.

Vlad Morozov is the second-fastest junior swimmer in the history of this event at 19.06; Seth Stubblefield is the second-fastest junior meeting the criteria for a NAG Record with a 19.41.

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23 Comments on "He’s Done It: Caeleb Dressel Goes Under 19 Seconds at Just 17 Years Old"

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Sadly, the nearly as impressive 19.54 that is posted in the
next lane is completely overlooked/overwhelmed by Dressel’s

He will have his day in the sun.

Ron Kloster

True, but that 19.54 was only swum by a 15 year old!

Next goal for Caeleb Dressel this week is to swim 42 low in the 100 free.

For next summer in long course, sub 22 in the 50 free and 48.50 in the 100 free.
And more important, a qualification in the US 4X100 free relay team for Kazan 2015.

Was a lot of fun to watch…kid has some serious power. I wonder how Troy is feeling right now? Does a coach of his age with his experience feel a bit of pressure when top level recruits come in such as Dressel and his 18.94? The UF staff has their work cut out for them – where do they go from 18.94? The UF sprint program will be under a microscope for the next 4 years – a good problem to have in our sport!


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