Jordan Crooks Leads Off Free Relay in 41.44; #1 Division I Freshman All-Time

Anya Pelshaw
by Anya Pelshaw 12

February 19th, 2022 College, SEC

After becoming the #4 freshman of all-time in the 100 freestyle earlier in night 5 of the SEC Championships, Jordan Crooks swam even faster while leading off Tennessee’s 400 freestyle relay. Crooks split a 41.44 which now places him at #1 for Division I freshman of all-time.

All-Time Fastest NCAA Freshman in the Men’s 100 Yard Free:

  1. Jordan Crooks, Tennessee- 41.44 (2022)
  2. Jimmy Feigen (2009)/Danny Krueger (2019), Texas- 41.49
  1. Tie
  2. Matt King, Alabama- 41.63 (2021)
  3. Bjorn Seeliger, Berkeley- 41.65 (2021)
  4. Adam Chaney, Florida- 41.74 (2021)
  5. Brooks Curry, LSU – 41.81 (2020)
  6. Matt Brownstead, UVA- 41.87 (2021)
  7. Vlad Morozov, USC- 41.88 (2011)
  8. Caeleb Dressel, Florida- 41.90 (2015)

Crooks helped lead Tennessee to a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay in a final time of 2:48.46. Crooks had the second-fastest flat start as only LSU’s Brooks Curry was faster leading off in a 41.42.

This swim for Crooks re-broke his Tennessee school record which he set earlier in the night.

Earlier in the night, Crooks was second in the 100 freestyle in a time of 41.64. He was second behind LSU sophomore Brooks Curry who won in a time of 40.99. That time put Curry at #1 in the NCAA this season.

As said earlier, although Crooks is slightly older than the average freshman after delaying his enrollment a year, it is not completely out of the ordinary for a 19 years and 9 months year old to still be a freshman.

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PFA
9 months ago

I’m pretty sure for the entirety of college swimming, Karol ostrowski is still the fastest freshman in history when he went 41.25 last year meaning at the moment, Jordan is still #2 all time for all divisions.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  PFA
9 months ago

If we’re making those types of conditions, Ryan Hoffer is still the fastest with his 41.23 he went before college.

sprintyspice
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
9 months ago

I’m not sure what kind of conditions you’re talking about here. The dude just swam at a DII NCAAs.

MarcoTops
Reply to  sprintyspice
9 months ago

Don’t forget the title of the article states “#1 division 1 freshman”

Joe
Reply to  PFA
9 months ago

It says Division I freshman in the title

VFL
9 months ago

Incredible breakthrough meet. He and Caribé are gonna be a helluva sprint group!

SEC
9 months ago

He’s a bad man

swim4fun
9 months ago

Medley relay? 41 100 bk is fastest all time, by a wide margin😉

sprintyspice
9 months ago

Karol Ostrowski went 41.25 last year at DII NCAAs as a freshman.

Crooks still has a few more shots to take down that freshman mark though!

MarcoTops
Reply to  sprintyspice
9 months ago

It’s not really as excepted though. He was a much older “freshman”

sprintyspice
Reply to  MarcoTops
9 months ago

Jordan took a gap year and is older than the average “freshman” as well.

MarcoTops
Reply to  sprintyspice
9 months ago

19 year old freshman is a lot different than a 21 year old freshman

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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