Jack Alexy Takes Down Dressel’s 17-18 NAG Record in 100 Free With 48.69

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Jack Alexy, an 18-year-old out of Greater Somerset, crushed his best time to qualify for the semifinals in the men’s 100 free at Olympic Trials, and that was good enough to knock one of the best swimmers in the world out of one spot in the record books. Alexy swam a 48.69, well under his entry time of 49.31 that had him seeded 21st, and he broke Caeleb Dressel’s National Age Group record of 48.78, set at U.S. Nationals in 2015.

Swimming out of lane one, Alexy went out with some outside smoke and flipped in first place in his heat at 22.92, and while he faded slightly down the stretch, he still posted a remarkable finish to break the record. Alexy will return for tonight’s semifinals, and barring any surprising scratches, he will swim next to Dressel in the first semifinal. He would likely need to cut a substantial amount from his strong prelims effort to have a chance at making the final.

Alexy is a future California Golden Bear, headed to Berkeley this fall to begin working with Dave Durden, also the head Olympic coach for the U.S. men.

Results

  1. Ryan Held 48.07
  2. Blake Pieroni 48.14
  3. Zach Apple 48.21
  4. Brooks Curry 48.23
  5. Caeleb Dressel 48.25
  6. Nathan Adrian 48.37
  7. Coleman Stewart 48.45
  8. Bowe Becker 48.61
  9. Jack Alexy 48.69
  10. Drew Kibler 48.72
  11. Brett Pinfold 48.83
  12. Adam Chaney 48.95
  13. Arsenio Bustos 49.03
  14. Michael Chadwick 49.04
  15. Maxime Rooney 49.05
  16. Dean Farris 49.07