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:
- Matt King, Alabama- 41.63 (2021)
- Bjorn Seeliger, Berkeley- 41.65 (2021)
- Adam Chaney, Florida- 41.74 (2021)
- Brooks Curry, LSU – 41.81 (2020)
- Matt Brownstead, UVA- 41.87 (2021)
- Vlad Morozov, USC- 41.88 (2011)
- 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.