Race Video: Watch Caeleb Dressel Swim 18.23 in 50 Yard Freestyle

As reported earlier:

Florida sophomore Caeleb Dressel added an even more unheard-of 18.23 to his record-breaking 18.39 second freestyle swim from Wednesday’s prelims at the 2016 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships in Columbia, Missouri.

He now has the two fastest 50 yard freestyles in the history of the sport. The records he broke in prelims:

  • SEC Championship Record, Matt Targett, 18.52 (2009 SEC Championships)
  • SEC Record, Cesar Cielo, 18.47 (2008 NCAA Championships)
  • American Record, Nathan Adrian, 18.66 (2011 NCAA Championships)
  • NCAA Record, Cesar Cielo, 18.47 (2008 NCAA Championships)
  • U.S. Open Record (fastest ever), Cesar Cielo, 18.47 (2008 NCAA Championships)

In prelims, Dressel, despite swimming the fastest 50 free ever, was a touch long on his turn, leaving the door open to take the record even lower, and the race was won by the time he came up off the start, but the record was earned with a better turn.

From another angle, courtesy University of Florida Athletics:

And from another angle, courtesy Auburn Swimming & Diving:

Other major 50 frees prelims/finals combos:

  • Cesar Cielo, 2008 NCAA Championships: 18.79 prelims, 18.52 finals
  • Matt Targett, 2009 NCAA Championships: 18.52 prelims, 18.85 finals
  • Vlad Morozov, 2013 NCAA Championships: 18.91 prelims, 18.63 finals
  • Kristian Gkolomeev, 2015 SEC Championships: 18.88 prelims, 18.64 finals
  • Caeleb Dressel, 2015 NCAA Championships: 18.86 prelims, 18.67 finals

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5 years ago

Chances that his time tonight on the relay will just consist of his reaction time? O_O

5 years ago

Did he breath his second stroke off the start and then not again?

Reply to  anon
5 years ago

That’s what I was wondering!!!!

Markus Fricker
Reply to  anon
5 years ago

I believe he did breath right off the start. That shocked me- you can see it on the first video but not the second.

Reply to  Markus Fricker
5 years ago

I believe he did breath right off the start. That shocked me- you can see it on the first video but not the second.

5 years ago

He throws his arms around on the start, much different than Manadau’s start. Bradley Tandy did the same type of start as Dressell and generally dominated the portion of each race while on Arizona.

Reply to  Celeste
5 years ago

I hadn’t thought of the comparison before, but you are right, it is exactly like Bradley Tandy’s start, with the same devastating effect. Half a second on the field by the breakout. Dressel combines that start with Fred Bousquet’s swim and… yeah, so impressive.

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