Caeleb Dressel Lowers 50 Free American Record, Earns Top Seed for Finals at SC Worlds

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Men’s 50 Freestyle Semi-Final

Caeleb Dressel lowered the American record in semi-finals of the 50 freestyle, touching in 20.51, faster than his 20.62 from this morning. That time earns him the top finals seed, a full two tenths ahead of Great Britain’s Benjamin Proud in 20.71. Vladimir Morozov of Russia had the third fastest swim, a 20.83.

Australian Cameron McEvoy (20.91), Lithuania’s Simonas Bilis (21.03) Brazilian Cesar Cielo (21.06), and South Africa’s Bradley Tandy (21.07) also advance to tomorrow night’s final. There will have to be a swim off for the final spot as both the Netherlands’ Jesse Puts and Poland’s Pawel Jurasek got to the wall in 21.12.

Immediately after the race McEvoy said: “I’m happy I went under 21 again and did the same time as this morning. I felt a lot flatter in terms of energy tonight so to do the same time is really good and I’m in the final, so I can’t complain.”

Coming right off his 100 IM semifinal, American Michael Andrew failed to advance to finals, touching in 21.18.

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