By Phillip Whitten
EAST MEADOW, New York, March 27. Ian Crocker destroyed one of the most hallowed records in the record book tonight at the men's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in East Meadow, New York.
Crocker, a University of Texas senior, swam the short course 100-meter freestyle in 46.25 seconds, erasing Russia's Alex Popov's global standard of 46.74 that had lasted for ten years.
Crocker, the world record-holder for 100 meter butterfly, trailed Cal's Duje Draganja at the halfway mark, 22.06 to 22.17, but came storming back on the final 50 meters to shatter Popov's mark. A stunned Draganja clocked 46.64, also under Popov's former record.
A beaming Texas coach Eddie Reese commented: "That's a heck of a record!"