Tennessee’s Jordan Crooks Is Now the #3 Freshman in History in the 50 Free

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 12

February 16th, 2022 College, News, SEC

2022 SEC SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tennessee freshman Jordan Crooks is the latest swimmer to move up the all-time 50 free rankings after an 18.72 on the leadoff leg of Tennessee’s 200 free relay on Wednesday.

All-Time Fastest NCAA Freshman: 50 Yard Freestyle

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 2015 – 18.67
  2. Bjorn Seeliger, Cal, 2021 – 18.71 (21 years old)
  3. Jordan Crooks, Tennessee, 2022 – 18.72
  4. Adam Chaney, Florida, 2021 – 18.76
  5. David Curtiss, NC State, 2022 – 18.77
  6. Jimmy Feigen, Texas, 2009 – 18.84

That makes him now the third-fastest freshman in the history of the event (and second-fastest teenage freshman: he’s 19 years old).

He was already tied for 5th-best freshman ever after an 18.84 prelims swim in the individual 50 free. He has now lept ahead of Florida’s Adam Chaney and NC State’s David Curtiss. Curtiss swam 18.77 in prelims on Wednesday at the ACC Championships.

Crooks’ swim also ties him as the 12th-fastest swimmer of any age in the event with former Auburn Tiger Adam Brown.

Crooks now ranks 1st in the NCAA this season among swimmers of any age, ahead of Curtiss at 18.77, meaning the top two sprinters in the NCAA so far this season are both freshmen. Texas’ Cameron Auchinachie is 3rd in 18.80, and LSU’s Brooks Curry is 4th in 18.93.

Crooks is a native of the Cayman Islands, home of two other legendary SEC sprinters, former Florida Gators Brett and Shaune Fraser. He was originally scheduled to join the team for the 2020-2021 season, but that wound up being postponed to this fall.

His younger sister Jillian Crooks, who lives and trains in Alaska, was one of two representatives of the Cayman Islands at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. There she finished 41st in the 100 free.

Crooks’ leadoff helped lift the Volunteers to a 2nd-place finish in that 200 free relay, .01 seconds ahead of the resurgent Auburn Tigers. He had the fastest leadoff leg in the field ahead of Chaney, who is also on the all-time freshman list.

As of the end of the 200 free relay, Tennessee is in first place, buoyed by big day 1 diving points.

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Breezeway
11 months ago

Now update the article to 18.5! Go Jordan

Big Mac #1
Reply to  Breezeway
11 months ago

Ikr. Possible upset winner at ncaas?

Breezeway
11 months ago

Congrats Jordan! What the hell does Dressel have to do with this article?

Michael Andrew Wilson
11 months ago

Check out his rate of improvement on swimcloud. Dude is just getting warmed up.

Michael Andrew Wilson
Reply to  Michael Andrew Wilson
11 months ago

Hey downvote, 18.5

Swimfan
11 months ago

Caeleb Remel Dressel is immortal. #TeamRemel #17.6NoFins #Genetics
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VFL
11 months ago

Dang really had a typo on Jordan’s time “18.72” not 19.72…
SMH 🤦🏽‍♂️

Ol horn
11 months ago

Still will never be able to touch 17.63. Dressel is the king of this event

Who
Reply to  Ol horn
11 months ago

The heck asked

Who
Reply to  Ol horn
11 months ago

The heck asked

Ex NC Lurker
11 months ago

I can’t help but think that Dressel’s historic 50 Free AR coinciding with a lot of these guys being near that age where they start thinking about specialization has a part to play in these young men going so fast, so young!

Amazing swim! I hope I’m alive to see the the day the men’s meet has it’s 2015 Women’s 100 Free moment.

Last edited 11 months ago by Ex NC Lurker
BKP
11 months ago

Correction for the picture caption – “19.72”

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