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 whether Caeleb Dressel is the greatest yards swimmer in history:
Question: Is Caeleb Dressel the greatest yards swimmer ever?
- Yes – 76.3%
- No – 23.7%
More than three-quarters of SwimSwam voters crowned Florida’s Caeleb Dressel the greatest swimmer in the history of the short course yards format.
That comes after Dressel exploded for three NCAA titles as a junior, breaking two American and NCAA records and putting up the fastest 50 free split in history. Dressel was the standout of the men’s NCAA Championships, becoming the only man to win three titles outright and the first to do so since Ryan Lochte in the mid-2000s.
Dressel swam the maximum 14 total swims at men’s NCAAs, carrying a heavy load for Florida. He had a hand in 178 of Florida’s 294.5 total points. And it’s not just this year’s results that earned Dressel this fan-voted title. Historically, he dominates the 50 yard freestyle in an unprecedented way.
Dressel now owns the entire top 10 swims in history in the 50 yard free:
Top 10 Performances In History – Men’s 50y Freestyle
|1||Caeleb Dressel||18.20||2016 NCAAs||50 FR Finals|
|2||Caeleb Dressel||18.23||2017 NCAAs||50 FR Finals|
|3||Caeleb Dressel||18.23||2017 NCAAs||200 FR Relay Finals|
|4||Caeleb Dressel||18.23||2016 SECs||50 FR Finals|
|5||Caeleb Dressel||18.24||2016 NCAAs||200 FR Relay Finals|
|6||Caeleb Dressel||18.29||2016 NCAAs||50 FR Prelims|
|7||Caeleb Dressel||18.32||2016 NCAAs||200 FR Relay Prelims|
|8||Caeleb Dressel||18.38||2017 NCAAs||50 FR Prelims|
|9||Caeleb Dressel||18.39||2016 SECs||50 FR Prelims|
|10||Caeleb Dressel||18.46||2017 SECs||50 FR Finals|
In the 100 yard free, Dressel holds the 3 fastest swims of all-time (40.00, 40.46, 40.48) along with 6 of the top 10. And after this year’s NCAA meet, he holds the fastest 100 yard fly swim of all-time along with 3 of the top 10 swims in history.
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