Jordan Crooks Blazes Unsuited 19.02 50 Free to Beat Josh Liendo in NCAA Title Rematch

by Riley Overend 23

November 03rd, 2023 College, News, Previews & Recaps, SEC

Tennessee vs. Florida vs. Kentucky

  • Nov. 3, 2023
  • Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center
    • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • SCY (25 yards)
  • Dual meet scores
    • Men
      • Tennessee 238, Kentucky 60
      • Florida 169, Tennessee 131
      • Florida 239, Kentucky 58
    • Women
      • Tennessee 228, Kentucky 72
      • Florida 193, Tennessee 107
      • Florida 241, Kentucky 59
  • PDF results

In a rematch of the men’s 50-yard freestyle at last season’s NCAA Championships, Tennessee junior Jordan Crooks clocked a 19.02 to beat Florida sophomore Josh Liendo (19.28) during a double dual meet on Friday in Knoxville.

Crooks’s winning time — which came without a tech suit, in a brief — is tied for the best in the NCAA this season with Arizona State fifth-year Jack Dolan, who was suited up for his swim. Liendo now ranks 3rd this season, improving upon his 19.30 from last week.

At NCAAs last season, Crooks (18.32) edged Liendo (18.40) by less than a tenth of a second. The Cayman Islands native is one of two men to ever break 18 seconds in the event (17.93 last February) along with Caeleb Dressel (17.63).

Crooks also picked up a victory in the 100 free with a time of 42.57, 3rd in the NCAA this season behind Dolan (41.86) and Notre Dame’s Chris Giuliano (41.63). Liendo placed 1st in the 100 fly with a 46.55, but he has been as fast as 46.30 this season.

Florida freshman Bella Sims and fifth-year Isabel Ivey both had huge meets for the Gator women. Sims contested the 200 butterfly for the first time in college and posted a nation-leading time of 1:54.05. Sims also triumphed in the 200 back with a 1:52.93 that was just off her season-best 1:52.49 from earlier this season. The Sandpipers of Nevada standout has been as fast as 1:51.06 and 1:48.32 in the 200 fly and 200 back, respectively.

Ivey pulled off a triple with season-best marks in the 100 back (52.26), 100 free (48.77), and 100 fly (52.52). The versatile Cal transfer then went even faster in the 100 free with a 48.59 leading off Florida’s 400 free relay, which ranks 8th in the NCAA. Ivey’s 100 back and 100 fly times both rank 11th in the nation this season.

Florida’s 200 medley relay team of Bella Sims (24.64), Molly Mayne (27.49), Olivia Peoples (23.11), and Micayla Cronk (22.13) set a new season-best time of 1:37.37 — 7th in the NCAA this season. Tennessee’s quartet of Josephine Fuller (24.54), Mona McSharry (26.70), Katie Mack (23.92), and Jasmine Rumley (22.47) was close behind in 1:37.63.

The men’s 200 medley relay was an even tighter race, with Florida’s team of Adam Chaney (21.69), Aleksas Savickas (24;69), Liendo (20.28), and Macguire McDuff (19.25) touching the wall in 1:25.91 to out-touch Tennessee by less than a tenth of a second. The Volunteers’ quartet of Tennessee’s Harrison Lierz (21.95), Flynn Crisci (24.77), Jordan Crooks (20.16), and Gui Caribe (19.11) reached the wall in 1:25.99.

McSharry swam the 100 breast for the first time this season after taking bronze in the LCM version of the event at the World Championships this summer. The Tennessee senior tallied a winning time of 59.65 in the 100 breast, 7th in the NCAA this season.

Florida swept the 1000 free events courtesy of sophomore Caroline Pennington (9:48.14) and freshman Andrew Taylor (9:03.97). The Gator men added 1st-place finishes in the 100 back (freshman Jonny Marshall – 46.80), 100 breast (sophomore Aleksas Savickas – 54.35), and 200 free (senior Jake Mitchell – 1:35.92).

Tennessee sophomore Martin Espernberger clocked a top-10 time this season in the 200 fly (1:44.46) while junior Landon Driggers prevailed in the 200 IM (1:48.48). In the women’s 200 free, Tennessee freshman Camille Spink (1:46.65) outdueled Florida junior Emma Weyant (1:47.01).

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6 months ago

Crooks could go 16 soon! Coach K is better than Nick Saban at coaching

6 months ago

Anyone know where Blackmon and Simons are?

6 months ago

Freshman Jonny Marshall 1st in 100 and 200 back b cuts unsuited 🤫

6 months ago

Can’t be snitching and then not break 47 on a relay…

6 months ago

This was a phenomenal swim for Crooks and was still 1.4 away from the ncaa record (and 1.1 off his PR). That really puts into context Walsh going 0.16 off the ncaa record unsuited last week

6 months ago

Not to bring up another topic but UGA men just lost to NC state in raleigh by 3 points and crushed Duke and the UGA women beat NC state by almost 30 and also crushed Duke, very noteworthy

6 months ago

Ivey went 52.26 in the 100 back, not 52.56. Olivia Peoples is going to be UFs secret weapon this year. She just keeps chipping away at that 50 fly split and now she’s thisclose to a 22. Bella Sims and Izzy Ivey are making big moves on the school Top 10 lists. With today’s times, Sims is now 3rd in the 200 fly and Ivey just passed Beisel for 6th in the 100 back, and neither have so much as suited up yet. This is going to be a very tough team at the end of the year.

6 months ago

uva women proved last week that one can swim fast without a tech suit and this just adds to the argument. Teams that have to wear them every meet is just a crutch IMO! The more you wear them, the less effective they become! A few times is good, every meet not so much. But we will see in March when it counts!

Reply to  Diehard
6 months ago

Why would wearing fast suits more often make them less effective?

Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
6 months ago

Would shaving every meet make it less effective at end of year?
Who was first team to wear tech suits every meet? Missouri. Did it help them at end of year?

Reply to  Diehard
6 months ago

If you suit up for every dual meet and don’t swim faster at the end of the year, it’s a coaching issue.

Reply to  Diehard
6 months ago

Isn’t this the argument people used against ASU last year and then proceeded to overperform at NCAAs

Both methods have their merits though, that much I can agree with

Reply to  Diehard
6 months ago

ASU and Marchand suit for every meet, I think whatever he’s doing is working.

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Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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