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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Waader
1 year ago

So the takeaway from this article is untouchable Dressel is..?

Penguin
1 year ago

Fun fact: Hoff went 41.23 the same year Poseidon went 44.0 to lead off Florida’s 400 free relay and get them in the B final

DMacNCheez
Reply to  Penguin
1 year ago

That’s crazy to think about now. He was absolutely fried at the end of his freshman ncaas. 14 races in 3 days after taking a long break before getting to Florida.

Penguin
Reply to  DMacNCheez
1 year ago

Still ripped a 42 mid I think in the final but yeah. crazy to think about now. 3 years later, dog-tired Dressel goes a 39.9

X Glide
1 year ago

Has Hoffer done laundry recently because his undies are filthy

Foreign Embassy
Reply to  X Glide
1 year ago

Comment of the year 👏🏽😂

You Sada
1 year ago

I can’t believe Hoffer is a Senior already. It seems like just a few months ago I was watching a video of him in HS with those amazing underwater turns.

Swimfish87
1 year ago

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

Togger
Reply to  Swimfish87
1 year 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
1 year ago

Dolphin 45*

swimmer guy
Reply to  Togger
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Stank
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 year ago

22.7

Last edited 1 year ago by Stank
BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Stank
1 year ago

OK. That seems overdue for an update.

chinnychenchen
1 year ago

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

Dressel's 17,63 is next level
1 year ago

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

Swimmer
1 year ago

Just in:

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

Swimfish87
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Bull!

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