Race Video: Caeleb Dressel Anchors Medley Relay with 17.90 Split

by Robert Gibbs 19

February 15th, 2017 SEC, Video


Florida junior Caeleb Dressel opened up the first night of the 2017 SEC Championships with a bang.  The fastest man ever in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events split 17.90 anchoring Florida’s 200 medley relay to a first place finish tonight.  That’s the second fastest split ever, and just a hair off of the 17.86 Vlad Morozov split four years while swimming for USC at the 2013 NCAA’s.

We’ve already gotten quite a few comments asking for video.  Ask, and ye shall receive.  You can watch Dressel’s insane comeback in the video above.  Florida is in lane two, second from the top.

As originally reported by Lauren Nedeigh:


  1. Florida- 1:23.44
  2. Alabama- 1:23.52
  3. Texas A&M- 1:23.91

The Florida Gators were in 7th place before Caeleb Dressel dove into the water as their freestyle anchor. Swimming fans watched as Dressel tore through the water, making his way to the finish in an incredible 17.90 50 freestyle split. At the touch, he had successfully brought the Gators back, as they won the race in 1:23.44 over Alabama (1:23.52). Bama freshman Zane Waddell threw down a fast split of his own, clocking an 18.59 free split to help the Crimson Tide earn silver.

The Texas A&M men also fielded an 18-mid anchor, as senior Cory Bolleter clocked an 18.62 to win a tight race for bronze ahead of Tennessee (1:24.08) and Missouri (1:24.11).

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Amazing to think that there are probably a few hundredth still to be found in the finish! This guy redefines what’s possible. Excited to see what he has in store for us for the rest of the meet and at NC’s!

bobo gigi

His PB in the 50 free is 18.20. It means he can swim a relay split around 17.60/17.70.
He will redefine what’s possible when he will swim under 18 flat-start.
Hopefully it happens this season. It would be historic.


Historic for the bathtub. Right, Bobo?


Damn…it even looked like a pretty slow relay exchange. Probably could have been 17.7


He made an 18.5 look slow