Jordan Crooks Clocks 17.99 50 Free, Fourth Sub-18 Swim Ever

Yanyan Li
by Yanyan Li 8

February 21st, 2024 College, National, News, SEC



  • NCAA Record: 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (FLOR) – 2018 NCAA Championships
  • SEC Record: 17.63, Caeleb Dressel (FLOR) – 2018 NCAA Championships
  • SEC Championship Record: 17.93, Jordan Crooks (TENN) — 2023
  • 2024 NCAA ‘A’ Standard: 18.82
  • 2023 NCAA Invited Time: 19.21

Top 8:

  1. Jordan Crooks (TENN) — 17.99
  2. Gui Caribe (TENN) — 18.70
  3. Josh Liendo (FLOR) — 18.83
  4. Adam Chaney (FLOR) — 18.91
  5. Logan Tirheimer (AUB) — 18.95
  6. Macguire McDuff (FLOR) — 18.98
  7. Jere Hribar (LSU) — 19.01
  8. Dillon Downing (UGA) — 19.13

On the second night of the 2024 SEC Championships, Tennessee junior Jordan Crooks won his third consecutive conference in the 50-yard freestyle. He recorded a time of 17.99, which is the fourth-fastest swim in history and also just the fourth sub-18 swim in history.

The other sub-18 swims came from Crooks’s 17.93 at least year’s SEC Championships, as well as Caeleb Dressel‘s 17.81 and 17.63 from 2018. Crooks remains the second-fastest performer in history behind Dressel.

All-Time Top Performances, Men’s 50-yard freestyle:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida — 17.63 (2018)
  2. Caeleb Dressel, Florida — 17.81 (2018)
  3. Jordan Crooks, Tennessee — 17.93 (2023)
  4. Jordan Crooks, Tennessee — 17.99 (2024)
  5. Caeleb Dressel, Florida — 18.11 (2018)

Crooks swam a similarly-paced race compared to his personal best, taking things out just 0.01 of a second slower and coming home 0.05 seconds slower

Split Comparison:

Jordan Crooks, 2024 SEC Championships Jordan Crooks, 2023 SEC Championships Caeleb Dressel, 2018 NCAA Championships
8.63 8.62 8.48
9.36 9.31 9.15
17.99 17.93 17.63

Crooks won his race by nearly a second, with his teammate Gui Caribe taking second in a time of 18.70.

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Justin Pollard
1 month ago

I want to see Jordan Crooks in the NBA dunk contest

1 month ago

It’s amazing how one guy goes a 17 and it isn’t that long after where another swimmer follows suit.

1 month ago

Impressive performance!

1 month ago

Lol I hope during the NCAA finals, the official’s won’t hold the sprinters on the starting block for 8 seconds this time around! That was pathetic last year

Reply to  A.w
1 month ago

i agree but the reason they held so long was because Crooks wasn’t set. Proud does this too but in international meets they don’t hold for long and get you going. Domestic US meets officials hold for so long

1 month ago

Crooks Paris podium 21.3 bless

Reply to  uwk
1 month ago

He will be lucky to make the final buddy

Sapiens Ursus
1 month ago

The list is missing Crooks 18.06 from the relay lead off earlier. Dressel’s 18.11 has been knocked out of the top 5.

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