Caeleb Dressel Shines With 2nd-Fastest 50 Free Ever With 18.32 Leadoff

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Florida’s Caeleb Dressel lit up prelims with the second-fastest 50-yard free of all time, while NC State led the way in the men’s 200-yard free relay qualifying at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.

NC State’s Simonas Bilis (18.76), Ryan Held (18.65), Joe Bonk (19.45) and Andreas Schiellerup (18.89) raced their way to the top seed in 1:15.75.  Bilis moved up to ninth all time in the men’s 50 free with that leadoff.

NC State is looking to win its first NCAA relay title in team history.  The team has some time to drop, however, to break the NCAA record of 1:14.08 set by Auburn during the techsuit-fueled 2009 NCAA Championships.

Texas’ Matt Ellis, Brett Ringgold, Jack Conger and John Murray raced their way to the second seed in 1:15.84.  The Longhorns are looking for their sixth victory in this event’s history.  They trail only Auburn (9) and Stanford (9) for the most program victories.

Dressel, who set the NCAA and American record with an 18.23 during the Southeastern Conference Championships, turned in a blistering 18.32 to lead the way for Florida.  That’s the second-fastest 50 free ever.  Dressel, Corey Main, Mark Szaranek and Jack Blyzinskyj qualified third in 1:16.25.

All Time 50 Free Performers:

1 18.23 Caeleb Dressel, Florida, Columbia 2/17/16
2 18.47r Cesar Cielo Auburn Federal Way, Wash. 3/27/08
3 18.52 Matt Targett Auburn Auburn, Ala., 2/19/09
4 18.63 Vlad Morozov USC 3/28/13
5 18.64 Kristian Gkolomeev Alabama 2/18/15
6 18.66 Nathan Adrian California Minneapolis 3/24/11
7 18.67 Fred Bousquet Tiger Masters Auburn 2/14/10
8 18.72 Adam Brown Auburn Minneapolis 3/24/11
9 18.76r Simonas Bilis NC State Atlanta 3/24/16
10 18.80 Brad Tandy Arizona 3/5/14

All Time 50 Free Performances:

1 18.23 Caeleb Dressel, Florida, Columbia 2/17/16
2 18.32r Caeleb Dressel, Florida, Atlanta, 3/24/16
3 18.39p Caeleb Dressel, Florida, Columbia, 2/17/16
4 18.47r Cesar Cielo Auburn Federal Way, Wash. 3/27/08
5 18.52 Cesar Cielo Auburn Federal Way, Wash. 3/27/08
5 18.52 Matt Targett Auburn Auburn, Ala., 2/19/09
7 18.63 Vlad Morozov USC 3/28/13
8 18.64 Kristian Gkolomeev Alabama 2/18/15
9 18.66 Nathan Adrian California Minneapolis 3/24/11
10 18.67 Fred Bousquet Tiger Masters Auburn 2/14/10
10 18.67 Nathan Adrian California 12/20/14
10 18.67 Caeleb Dressel, Florida, 3/26/15

Alabama (1:16.58), Missouri (1:16.87), Michigan (1:16.91), Auburn (1:17.16) and California (1:17.24) closed out the top eight spots.

                     === Preliminaries ===                        
 
  1 NC State                      1:15.65    1:15.75 qA     
     1) Bilis, Simonas SR             2) r:0.22 Held, Ryan SO         
     3) r:0.23 Bonk, Joe JR           4) r:0.30 Schiellerup, Anreas JR
     r:+0.65  9.11        18.76 (18.76)
           27.47 (8.71)       37.41 (18.65)
           46.58 (9.17)       56.86 (19.45)
         1:05.75 (8.89)     1:15.75 (18.89)
  2 Texas                         1:17.10    1:15.84 qA     
     1) Ellis, Matt SR                2) r:0.35 Ringgold, Brett SO    
     3) r:0.17 Conger, Jack JR        4) r:0.28 Murray, John SR       
     r:+0.68  9.57        19.56 (19.56)
           28.47 (8.91)       38.31 (18.75)
           47.10 (8.79)       57.14 (18.83)
         1:05.94 (8.80)     1:15.84 (18.70)
  3 Florida                       1:16.46    1:16.25 qA     
     1) Dressel, Caeleb SO            2) r:0.30 Main, Corey SR        
     3) r:0.61 Szaranek, Mark SO      4) r:0.03 Blyzinskyj, Jack JR   
     r:+0.67  8.79        18.32 (18.32)
           27.35 (9.03)       37.42 (19.10)
           46.48 (9.06)       56.76 (19.34)
         1:06.14 (9.38)     1:16.25 (19.49)
  4 Alabama                       1:16.82    1:16.58 qA     
     1) Gkolomeev, Kristian JR        2) r:0.39 Bams, Laurent SO      
     3) r:0.87 Kaliszak, Lucas SO     4) r:0.06 Walsh, Brett SR       
     r:+0.73  9.42        19.15 (19.15)
           28.36 (9.21)       38.35 (19.20)
           47.12 (8.77)       57.30 (18.95)
         1:06.23 (8.93)     1:16.58 (19.28)
  5 Missouri                      1:17.54    1:16.87 qA     
     1) Chadwick, Michael JR          2) r:0.22 Aragona, Christian JR 
     3) r:0.21 Margritier, Matthew SR 4) r:0.13 Sansoucie, Andrew JR  
     r:+0.69  9.39        19.21 (19.21)
           28.06 (8.85)       38.35 (19.14)
           47.44 (9.09)       57.60 (19.25)
         1:06.66 (9.06)     1:16.87 (19.27)
  6 Michigan                      1:17.38    1:16.91 qA     
     1) Powers, Paul SO               2) r:0.15 Brumm, Pete SR        
     3) r:0.08 Whitaker, Aaron SO     4) r:0.24 Nielsen, Anders SR    
     r:+0.69  9.25        19.18 (19.18)
           28.33 (9.15)       38.66 (19.48)
           47.75 (9.09)       58.08 (19.42)
         1:06.99 (8.91)     1:16.91 (18.83)
  7 Auburn                        1:16.63    1:17.16 qA     
     1) Holoda, Peter SO              2) r:0.30 Duderstadt, Michael JR
     3) r:0.21 Apple, Zach FR         4) r:0.14 Molacek, Jacob SO     
     r:+0.70  9.50        19.33 (19.33)
           28.37 (9.04)       38.64 (19.31)
           47.87 (9.23)       58.05 (19.41)
         1:06.86 (8.81)     1:17.16 (19.11)
  8 California                    1:17.89    1:17.24 qA     
     1) Lynch, Justin SO              2) r:0.27 Messersschmidt,yler SR
     3) r:0.23 Gutierrez, Long JR     4) r:0.21 Murphy, Ryan JR       
     r:+0.65  9.39        19.63 (19.63)
           28.72 (9.09)       39.00 (19.37)
           48.19 (9.19)       58.59 (19.59)
         1:07.26 (8.67)     1:17.24 (18.65)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
  9 Stanford                      1:18.14    1:17.45 qA     
     1) Perry, Sam SO                 2) r:0.14 Garnier, Jeff SR      
     3) r:0.33 DeShon, Spencer JR     4) r:0.26 Duggan, Sean SR       
     r:+0.59  9.32        19.21 (19.21)
           28.16 (8.95)       38.22 (19.01)
           47.48 (9.26)       57.77 (19.55)
         1:07.11 (9.34)     1:17.45 (19.68)
 10 Indiana                       1:16.93    1:17.79 qA     
     1) Khalafalla, Ali SO            2) r:0.36 Pieroni, Blake SO     
     3) r:0.42 Tavcar, Anze JR        4) r:0.09 Patrouch, Oliver SO   
     r:+0.69  9.46        19.29 (19.29)
           28.25 (8.96)       38.53 (19.24)
           47.85 (9.32)       58.15 (19.62)
         1:07.45 (9.30)     1:17.79 (19.64)
 11 Ohio St                       1:17.87    1:17.82 qA     
     1) McHugh, Matt JR               2) r:0.30 Appleby, Andrew JR    
     3) r:0.18 Chavez, Mossimo FR     4) r:0.32 Musteriat, Kevin SO   
     r:+0.65  9.54        19.82 (19.82)
           28.95 (9.13)       39.09 (19.27)
           48.20 (9.11)       58.50 (19.41)
         1:07.62 (9.12)     1:17.82 (19.32)
 12 Louisville                    1:18.15    1:17.87 qB     
     1) Carroll, Trevor JR            2) r:0.16 Tarasevich, Grigory JR
     3) r:0.26 Boland, David JR       4) r:0.05 Lindenbauer, Mahias JR
     r:+0.66  9.45        19.57 (19.57)
           28.59 (9.02)       38.79 (19.22)
           48.02 (9.23)       58.25 (19.46)
         1:07.33 (9.08)     1:17.87 (19.62)
 13 Tennessee                     1:18.20    1:17.91 qB     
     1) Coetzee, Ryan SO              2) r:0.25 Decoursey, Kyle FR    
     3) r:0.10 Aberg Lejdstromstav SR 4) r:0.33 Lehane, Sean SR       
     r:+0.63  9.62        19.89 (19.89)
           29.27 (9.38)       39.38 (19.49)
           48.22 (8.84)       58.46 (19.08)
         1:07.75 (9.29)     1:17.91 (19.45)
 14 Harvard                       1:17.55    1:18.01 qB     
     1) Lutz, Sebastian FR            2) r:0.20 Tan, Steven SO        
     3) r:0.16 Yakubovich, Maxim JR   4) r:0.20 O'Hara, Paul JR       
     r:+0.65  9.66        19.93 (19.93)
           28.99 (9.06)       39.30 (19.37)
           48.36 (9.06)       58.79 (19.49)
         1:07.62 (8.83)     1:18.01 (19.22)
 15 Arizona                       1:17.41    1:18.04 qB     
     1) Dobbs, Chatham FR             2) r:0.13 Richmond, Renny JR    
     3) r:0.06 Idensohn, Chad FR      4) r:0.20 Beach, Justin SO      
     r:+0.63  9.41        19.56 (19.56)
           28.96 (9.40)       39.34 (19.78)
           48.05 (8.71)       58.47 (19.13)
         1:07.73 (9.26)     1:18.04 (19.57)
 16 Princeton                     1:17.66    1:18.25 qB     
     1) Hu-Van Wright, En-wei JR      2) r:0.26 Bole, Sandy SR        
     3) r:0.19 Mackrel, Julian JR     4) r:0.18 Lewis, Alex SO        
     r:+0.77  9.62        19.78 (19.78)
           28.91 (9.13)       39.17 (19.39)
           48.37 (9.20)       58.68 (19.51)
         1:07.89 (9.21)     1:18.25 (19.57)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
 17 UNC                           1:18.02    1:18.51        
     1) Lewis, Sam SR                 2) r:0.03 Heck, Logan SR        
     3) r:0.18 Graesser, Nic SR       4) r:0.22 Colley, Ben SR        
     r:+0.58  9.38        19.67 (19.67)
           28.67 (9.00)       39.38 (19.71)
           48.45 (9.07)       58.80 (19.42)
         1:08.01 (9.21)     1:18.51 (19.71)
 18 Notre Dame                    1:18.46    1:18.62        
     1) Plaschka, Justin SO           2) r:0.12 Speers, Daniel FR     
     3) r:0.13 Afrik, Tabahn FR       4) r:0.35 Jackson, Trent JR     
     r:+0.62  9.42        19.74 (19.74)
           28.74 (9.00)       39.08 (19.34)
           48.07 (8.99)       58.77 (19.69)
         1:08.05 (9.28)     1:18.62 (19.85)
 -------------------------------------------------------------------
 19 USC                           1:18.26    1:18.88        
     1) Tribuntsov, Ralf SO           2) r:0.29 Knox, Jonathan SO     
     3) r:0.32 Morgan, David JR       4) r:0.35 Grissom, Kyle FR      
     r:+0.72  9.53        19.68 (19.68)
           28.92 (9.24)       39.39 (19.71)
           48.89 (9.50)       59.28 (19.89)
         1:08.43 (9.15)     1:18.88 (19.60)
 20 Minnesota                     1:17.79    1:18.96        
     1) Becker, Bowen FR              2) r:0.28 Fair, Paul JR         
     3) r:0.21 Turner, Daryl JR       4) r:0.37 Busch, Noah JR        
     r:+0.76  9.72        20.01 (20.01)
           29.02 (9.01)       39.15 (19.14)
           48.37 (9.22)       58.89 (19.74)
         1:08.51 (9.62)     1:18.96 (20.07)
10 Comments

10 comments

  1. Niles Keeran

    Where’s his SUB 18.23 record breaking swim?!!

  2. avatar
    Derek

    Simonas Bilis is with North Carolina State University NOT Louisville

    “9 18.76r Simonas Bilis Louisville Atlanta 3/24/16”

  3. Gregg Rotvold

    Enjoyed the recent NYTimes article on Caeleb. Best wishes to you!

  4. Zoe Moran

    what Jordan Amy Tuana

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