SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers
Question: What was the most impressive swim of men’s NCAAs?
- Dressel – 17.63 in 50 free – 75.2%
- Dressel – 42.80 in 100 fly – 6.9%
- Finnerty – 49.69 in 100 breast – 6.9%
- Haas – 1:29.50 in 200 free – 5.5%
- Dressel – 39.90 in 100 free – 5.5%
In a shocking runaway of votes, SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly picked Caeleb Dressel‘s 17.63 in the 50 free as the most impressive swim of men’s NCAAs. That that swim won the poll isn’t a surprise, but the winning margin might be. More than three-quarters of votes went to Dressel’s 50 – in fact, that event tallied ten times more votes than any of the other four events on the ballot.
And that’s not just a product of a few rabid 50 free fans. This poll drew in well over double what our polls normally do in total votes. It’s our most-voted poll since July of 2017, when we asked about which supersuited world records could fall at the 2017 World Championships. Dressel himself appears to be a major poll draw among SwimSwam readers. Our most recent poll to come close to this one in volume results was our February 22 query about what time Dressel could go in a 200 free. And last year at this time, we asked whether Dressel was the greatest yards swimmer ever and received about as many responses as our question about Budapest world records over a shorter time-frame.
(That should also be evidence for international-centric commenters who continue to promote the idea that no one cares about yards times. Aside from the fact that yards times clearly make people care enough to comment about how little they care, our own numbers from comments to page views to poll votes definitively prove that outside of the Olympics and the World Championships, there is no meet that rivals the NCAA in terms of fan devotion.)
Dressel, of course, was the runaway star of the NCAA meet, smashing three hallowed barriers. But his 50 free continued to run away with popular support as an absolute game-changing swim, and forced swimming fans around the world to try to explain to their non-swimming family and friends exactly what it meant to see a man go 17 seconds in a 50 free. (We explored that idea in more depth here.)
Neither of his other two races came near his 50 free in this poll. Interestingly, the battle for second and fourth was heated – Dressel’s 100 fly gained just one single more vote than Ian Finnerty‘s 100 breast, and Dressel’s 100 free and Townley Haas‘s 200 free tied exactly for fourth.
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner