Jordan Crooks Jumps From No. 114 to No. 5 All-Time with 20.36 50 Free at SC Worlds


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Jordan Crooks lowered his hours-old Cayman Islands record in the 50 freestyle by nearly a second on the fourth day of the 2022 Short Course World Championships, clocking a 20.36 to lead all qualifiers in prelims. 

Crooks’ new lifetime best catapults him into the top-five performers of all time in the event. Before today’s race, he was ranked 114th.

Top 50 Free Performers Ever

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 20.16 (2020)
  2. Florent Manaudou – 20.26 (2014)
  3. Roland Schoeman – 20.30 (2009)
  4. Vladimir Morozov – 20.31 (2017)
  5. Jordan Crooks – 20.36 (2022)

The 20-year-old Tennessee sophomore broke the national record for the third time in the past three days after previously setting the mark in the heats and final of the 100 free. Crooks was 21.70 at the midway point of the 100 free prelims before hitting 21.32 at the halfway point of the final, where he tied for sixth place (45.77). 

In the 50 free prelims, Crooks was out in a blazing 9.80 and came home in 10.56. By reaching the wall in 20.36, he was just a tenth of a second off of Florent Manaudou’s Championship record from 2014 and two-tenths behind Caeleb Dressel’s world record from 2020. 

The Cayman Islands record in the 50 free had stood untouched for nearly a decade until this week. Brett Fraser posted a 21.73 at the 2013 Island Games that lasted for nine years before Crooks edged that mark by three one-hundredths of a second in the 100 free prelims. 

Top 50 Free Times, Cayman Islands History

  1. 20.36 – Jordan Crooks (2022)
  2. 21.32 – Jordan Crooks (2022)
  3. 21.70 – Jordan Crooks (2022)
  4. 21.73 – Brett Fraser (2013)

Crooks also owns SCM national records in the 100 free (45.55 from the 100 free heats), 50 back (25.23), and 100 back (55.53). 

Crooks (20.36) is the top seed among a competitive 50 free semifinal tonight featuring Dylan Carter (20.70), Ben Proud (20.88), and Manaudou (20.94). 

In February, Crooks became the fastest NCAA freshman ever in the SCY version of the 50 free (18.53). So far, that momentum is carrying over into his Short Course Worlds debut

Crooks is in Australia as part of a very small contingent from the Cayman Islands — it’s only himself and his sister, Jillian Crooks. She’s entered in the 100 free and the 50 fly, while he’s slated to swim just the 50 and the 100 free. Jillian is on a roll early in the meet as well – she already has national records of her own this week in the 100 free (54.20) and 50 fly (26.40), and she’s only 16 years old.

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3 months ago

Means little if he can’t replicate it in the final and medal this time.

Reply to  Hank
3 months ago

To be fair, even in the 100 final he went 45.7, its not like he severely underperformed and went like 46.5, he simply paid his inexperience at this level by starting way too fast. I think it’s unlikely he’ll run out of gas in a 50.

Last edited 3 months ago by Davide
Get real
3 months ago

Hahahahaha just takes a second off of his 50, a ~5% improvement.

Nothing to see here!

3 months ago

Anyone knows CD’s WR time to 25? Crooks looks like his starts could be on par

3 months ago

#JoshHuger #MattKredich #RichMurphy

3 months ago


3 months ago

where does this rank all time?

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  BSD
3 months ago

5th behind dressel, flo, schoeman and vlad

Last edited 3 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
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3 months ago


Last edited 3 months ago by Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  BSD
3 months ago

Are you ok…

3 months ago

That’s smoking fast! Not far off the WR!! This dude needs to hold back a bit more in the heats and unload in the final.

Proud guy
3 months ago

Caribbean represent !!!

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