Jack Dolan Swims 2nd-Fastest 100 Yard Free in 15-Year Olds History


After swimming the second-fastest 50 yard free ever done by a 15-year old on Thursday at the 2016 USA Swimming Winter NationalsJack Dolan of the Rockwood Swim Club has done the same in the 100 yard free.

Dolan swam a 43.61 to qualify 4th into Saturday evening’s final. That ranks him 4th all-time among 15-16s, and second all-time among 15 year olds, behind only a 43.13 done by Ryan Hoffer at the 2013 Winter Juniors. Dolan’s previous best time was a 45.13 from March.

Dolan is the 3rd 15-16 to swim a 43.6 this year alone. Michael Andrew swam a 43.62 earlier this year and Drew Kibler swam a 43.69.

Comparative Splits to Hoffer’s 43.13:

  • Hoffer 2013: 20.84/22.29 = 43.13
  • Dolan 2016: 21.21/22.40 = 43.63

Dolan was able to improve his 50 from prelims to finals, and so could still take a run at Hoffer’s time in finals.

Fastest All-Time 15-16s:

  • Ryan Hoffer, 42.67, 2014
  • Caeleb Dressel, 43.29, 2012
  • Darius Merke, 43.52, 2015
  • Jack Dolan, 43.63, 2016
  • Michael Andrew, 43.62, 2016



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Swimmer A

I bet he takes down Hoffer’s 17-18 record tonight

G Lee

You must mean the 15-16 100 free age group record of 42.67. The 17-18 100 free record is a 41.23.


Where or where will he go to school? Any front running program at this time?


He’s 15. That (presumably) means he’s still only a sophomore in high school. The recruiting process usually doesn’t start until junior year

bobo gigi

Hopefully the best place in USA to develop his long course.



Coach B

He has not swim in High Scool, yet. He is a sophomore.

Coach B

Sorry, misread. Only a sophomore. Lots of time to figure that out.


does this kid have any relation to the Tom Dolan who competed in the late 90’s and early 2000’s?

bobo gigi

Looks like he lives and trains in Oregon while I believe that Tom Dolan is from Virginia or something like that. So I would say no relation but it’s just a quick opinion.


Jack Dolan swims for rockwood swim club which is located in St. Louis, Missouri

A Fan

He is from The St. Louis area and his coach is a she, not a he! I have kids who swim on the same Club.


He lives in st louis


Trains out of a St.Louis MO suburb with Rockwood Swim Club

Coach B

He is from and trains at Rockwood Swim Club in St Louis, Missouri. No relation to Tom.

bobo gigi

The 100 free seems to be his best event.
His time in prelims is even more impressive considering he swam a useless 200 back just before. Hopefully he will scratch that useless event tonight.
15/16 NAG record looks out of reach for tonight in 42.67 by Hoffer. But he could pass Dressel who is ranked second in 43.29.


That “useless event” is what he trains for. Fortunately he’s got a coach who knows how to develop athletes long term and not burn them out focussing on NAG records.

bobo gigi

I agree about the long term approach and that he doesn’t train exclusively on freestyle as he is still very young.
But as a simple swim fan you can understand I prefer watching the athletes focus on their best strokes and simply their best events at a taper meet. I just fear every time that it can cost a lane in the A-Final. Rooney missed the A-Final. I didn’t want that happen to Dolan. Nothing more. Anyway his coach seems to do a great job with him and he knows much better than me what is best for him.


Listen. If coaches followed your advice, we’d never have had Ian Crocker as a 100 flyer. He was supposed to be America’s answer to Ian Thorpe after popping off a speedy (1:48?) 200m free as a young teenager. USA Swimming was constantly calling his coach to tell her that they couldn’t lose him. He made the Pan Pacs team in the 200 free in 1999 and folded under the pressure and expectations placed on him. Luckily, they will let you swim whatever you want at Pan Pacs because only the top 2 per country make it back to finals anyway, so he swam the 100 fly for fun and finished 9th and just out of finals, which was his best… Read more »

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