(RACE VIDEO) Caeleb Dressel Stuns Swimming World With 18.23 NCAA, American Record 50 Free


Florida’s Caeleb Dressel made a 17-point 50-yard freestyle start to come into view for the entire sprinting community as he stunned the swimming world with an 18.23 NCAA and American record during finals of the men’s 50-yard free at the 2016 Southeastern Conference Championships.

Dressel, who first blasted an 18.39 this morning during prelims to break the NCAA and American record, took that time even lower with a scorching 18.23.

Dressel, who blasted his way to a sizzling 23.43 breaststroke split for Florida en route to the Gators winning the SEC title in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:23.69 last night, pounced on the 50-yard free this morning with a sizzling 18.39.

That prelim swim completely wiped out Nathan Adrian’s American record of 18.66 set back in 2011 in Minneapolis, while also undercutting Cesar Cielo’s 2008 NCAA mark of 18.47 set in Federal Way. Incidentally, he also thumped the previous pool record of 19.24 set by Jimmy Feigen with Texas back in 2009.

 Event 12  Men 50 Yard Freestyle
      US Open: O 18.39  2/17/2016 Caleb Dressel, Florida
         NCAA: N 18.39  2/17/2016 Caleb Dressel, Florida
     American: M 18.39  2/17/2016 Caleb Dressel, Florida
     SEC Meet: S 18.39  2/17/2016 Caleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 18.39  2/17/2016 Caleb Dressel, Florida
                 19.18  A
                 20.19  B
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
                            === A - Final ===                            
  1 Dressel, Caeleb  SO FLOR-FL             18.39      18.23OA       32  
  2 Holoda, Peter    SO AUB-SE              19.30      19.17 A       28  
  3 Chadwick, Micha  JR Mizzou-MV           19.37      19.23 B       27  
  4 Gkolomeev, Kris  JR Alabama-SE          19.21      19.25 B       26  
  5 Main, Corey C    SR FLOR-FL             19.60      19.36 B       25  
  6 Decoursey, Kyle  FR Tennessee-SE        19.65      19.43 B       24  
  7 Darmody, Kyle J  JR AUB-SE              19.44      19.52 B       23  
  8 Walsh, Brett H   SR Alabama-SE          19.61      19.74 B       22  

Heading into today, Dressel’s previous best time had been an 18.67 at the 2015 NCAA Men’s Championships.  He’s now cleared 19 seconds a total of 10 times since first breaking the barrier as a precocious junior swimmer with an 18.94 relay leadoff at the 2013 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals.

The big question now is whether head coach Gregg Troy follows through on his pre-season promise to shave his mustache if Dressel posted an 18.39.

During a pre-season Q&A held by Florida Athletics, Dressel started the following exchange:

Caeleb Dressel: What time would you take in a 50 free for you to shave your mustache?

GT: Short course 18.39 / Long course 20.89.”

Florida Athletics is on record stating that should the shave actually happen, it will make sure it gets plenty of coverage.

Dressel then closed the night with a casual 18.41 split for the Gators during a winning 1:16.46 in the men’s 200-yard free relay.

  1 FLOR-FL                       1:17.55    1:16.46PA       64  
     1) Main, Corey C SR              2) r:0.32 Szaranek, Mark SO     
     3) r:0.18 Dressel, Caeleb SO     4) r:0.12 Blyzinskyj, Jack JR   
    r:15.37  19.43        39.00 (19.57)
          57.41 (18.41)     1:16.46 (19.05)


  1. avatar

    Tomorrow, I’ll go down, get a good warmup, and see if I can go faster than that. Unfortunately I will be running 50 yards on a track and probably go slower than that….

    A truly amazing feat to watch…

  2. Patt Chase

    Absolutely outstanding!

  3. Tiana Sandoval

    Paulina Gutierrez read this, it’s insane! Also if you watch the video skip to 2:05ish because everything before that is the officials announcing the swimmers

  4. Dave Hoover

    I can’t believe the size of lead he establish just coming out of the breakout…..yowser. Hopefully Dressel can wipe that smug look off Manaudou’s face come Summer…

  5. Paul Gärtner

    Marius Zobel Florian Kaufmann Niclas Weiß

  6. Tom Lindsay

    That suit doesn’t look FINA approved!

  7. David Wright

    Tony Orfeo was this you in disguise, #nowinthefastlane

  8. avatar
    Sophia Chiang

    Absolute legend!

  9. Lander Hendrickx

    I would like to see how fast Florent Manaudou goes in this kind of race. Obviously he has more important things to do.

  10. Zelda Sims

    Whe he does an 18 and I can’t even make 30 regularly Kieran Sword Paul Linton

  11. Lily Gilroy

    Breana Gilroy read this, it’s crazy! Watch the race too – amazing swim

  12. avatar
    Larry Hatlestad

    Caleb is such a great person he is to Florida and swimming what Tim Tebow was to Florida and football