Ryan Hoffer Moves To #2 All-Time With 18.43 In NCAA 50 Free Prelims

2021 NCAA MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • When: Wednesday, March 24 – Saturday, March 27, 2021
  • Where: Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, NC (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Prelims 10 AM/ Finals 6 PM (Local Time)
  • Short course yards (SCY) format
  • Defending champion: Cal (1x) – 2019 results
  • Streaming: ESPN3
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California senior Ryan Hoffer moved up to the #2 performer of all-time in the 50-yard freestyle, going 18.43 in prelims of the NCAA Championships this morning.

Heading into the meet, Hoffer was #5 all-time behind American record-holder Caeleb Dressel, Cesar Cielo, Matt Targett and Ryan Held. But Hoffer cut 0.15 seconds off his lifetime-best in qualifying this morning. That got under Cielo’s 18.47 from the year 2008 – that had stood as the NCAA record until Dressel exploded as a sophomore in 2016.

Top Performers All-Time: 50-Yard Freestyle

  1. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 17.63 (2018)
  2. Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 18.43 (2021)
  3. Cesar Cielo (Auburn) – 18.47 (2008)
  4. Matt Targett (Auburn) – 18.52 (2009)
  5. Ryan Held (NC State) – 18.56 (2018)
  6. Vladimir Morozov (USC) – 18.63 (2013)
  7. Kristian Gkolomeev (Alabama) – 18.64 (2015)
  8. Nathan Adrian (Cal) – 18.66 (2011) / Pawel Sendyk (Cal) – 18.66 (2019)
  9. Bowe Becker (Minnesota) – 18.69 (2018)

Hoffer’s swim ranks as the #12 performance of all-time, behind only eleven different swims by Dressel:

Top Performances All-Time: 50-Yard Freestyle

  1. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 17.63 (2018)
  2. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 17.81 (2018)
  3. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.11 (2018)
  4. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.20 (2016)
  5. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.23 (2016) / Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.23 (2017)
  6. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.24 (2016)
  7. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.29 (2016)
  8. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.32 (2016)
  9. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.38 (2017)
  10. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.39 (2016)
  11. Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 18.43 (2021)
  12. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.46 (2017)
  13. Cesar Cielo (Auburn) – 18.47 (2008)
  14. Caeleb Dressel (Florida) – 18.51 (2017)
  15. Cesar Cielo (Auburn) – 18.52 (2008) / Matt Targett (Auburn) – 18.52 (2009)
  16. Ryan Held (NC State) – 18.56 (2018)
  17. Ryan Held (NC State) – 18.58 (2017) / Ryan Hoffer (Cal) – 18.58 (2019)

Hoffer should get two more shots to move up the list tonight. He’s the top seed into the 50 free final, looking for his second-straight NCAA title. He should also swim a leg – likely the leadoff – of Cal’s 200 freestyle relay to open the session tonight.

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I_Said_It
3 months ago

So what you’re saying is, based on those lists… that Dressel kid has some potential.

N P
Reply to  I_Said_It
3 months ago

You might want to remember him this summer – could be a contender at Trials.

xD

PFA
Reply to  N P
3 months ago

Could even possibly challenge for the gold and just maybe pick up a world record.

Lpman
Reply to  I_Said_It
3 months ago

He’s certainly a dark horse, but yes, the potential is there

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  I_Said_It
3 months ago

He’ll never transition to LCM.

N P
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

You low-key troll yourself. xD I love it.

THEO
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 months ago

I now Ol’ Longhorn is joking, but he never did! He is better at SCY to date. I am being serious. 17.63 is much better than 21.0. In the 100 fly specifically I think he is just about as good in LCM because he has the perfect combo of speed and endurance for it. But for all his other events I think he is still clearly best in SCY. If he goes 20.6 and 46.6 this summer then we can talk about being equally dominant in both.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  THEO
3 months ago

The surprise is that he transitioned as well as he has and isn’t just a fast Hoffer, who is terrible at LCM. I didn’t think he had the stroke to hold off, say, Chalmers in a 100 LCM free after getting his lead on the start. But he did. Still 17.63, winning by a body length is like peak Usain Bolt.

BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I know this article is about his 50 but I can’t wait for his 100 on Saturday. I think he’s overdue for something as good or even better than this swim. Go Bears!

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

It would be nice if he did a 40 point, considering his HS time.

Dan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

I agree, he was 41.1 in HS

Will 37
3 months ago

Hoffer could be lethal in the ISL format

Bernie
Reply to  Will 37
3 months ago

Relay god

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Will 37
3 months ago

Especially if he’ll swim for free.

monsterbasher
3 months ago

If Hoffer goes under 18 tonight i’ll eat my fastskin.

Swimmer
Reply to  monsterbasher
3 months ago

Me too my friend, I need to start going to shrink again

swimfan210_
Reply to  monsterbasher
3 months ago

Careful!

Lpman
Reply to  monsterbasher
3 months ago

Might I suggest a 2009 LZR instead? Much more nutritious.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Lpman
3 months ago

What about an X-glide?

Lpman
Reply to  swimfan210_
3 months ago

ehhh, I would go with a Blueseventy

swimswum
Reply to  monsterbasher
3 months ago

First time? XD

Random123
Reply to  monsterbasher
3 months ago

i read something much more raunchy at first

Swimmer
3 months ago

Just in:

“Ryan Hoffer faces NCAA fine after bullying several freshman swimmers.”

Swimfish87
Reply to  Swimmer
3 months ago

Bull!

Dressel's 17,63 is next level
3 months ago

I want to see a “peak 2014” Manaudou in the 50 free yards.

chinnychenchen
3 months ago

it would be so cool if he could be the second guy to go 18 low tonight

Swimfish87
3 months ago

I’m going to see what everyone’s thinking. Can he translate it to the big pool

Togger
Reply to  Swimfish87
3 months ago

If they get rid of the 15m rule, absolutely. Love to see Hoffer dolphin 35 on his way to Olympic gold.

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Togger
3 months ago

Dolphin 45*

swimmer guy
Reply to  Togger
3 months ago

his 100 fly from junior worlds when he was 16 was like a 52.8…. he def could be nuts long course

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Swimfish87
3 months ago

Anyone know Hoffer’s best LCM 50 Free time off the top of their head?

Stank
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
3 months ago

22.7

Last edited 3 months ago by Stank
BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Stank
3 months ago

OK. That seems overdue for an update.

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