Male NCAA Performance of the Year: Caeleb Dressel’s 100 Free

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Swimming World’s Male NCAA Performance of the Year goes to Caeleb Dressel for his dominant 100 free at the men’s NCAA championships this March, when he swam a time of 40.00 to nearly become the first man to ever break into the 39-second realm for the event.


There were a few barriers that were expected to be broken for the first time this weekend. One of them was the unthinkable 40 second barrier in the 100 freestyle. Florida junior Caeleb Dresselalmost made that a reality on Saturday night with a 40.00 for his third win of the meet. Dressel was out in 19.01 to blitz the field and made the IU Natatorium collectively sigh when he touched the wall, getting oh so close to the 40 second barrier in the 100 free.

Dressel got pressure from Missouri’s Michael Chadwick who placed second at 40.95. NC State’s Ryan Held finished third at 41.21. Chadwick is now fourth all-time in that event, while Held is seventh all-time.

USC’s Dylan CarterSanto Condorelli, Texas’ Brett Ringgold, Stanford’s Sam Perry and Indiana’s Blake Pieroni also swam in the A-Final.

Florida now has two wins in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships, both from Dressel, who also won last year.

 Event 17  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
         NCAA: N 40.46  3/26/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
 Championship: C 40.46  3/26/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 40.46  3/26/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 40.46  3/26/2016 Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 40.76            Vlad Morozov, USC
    Name                 Year School            Prelims     Finals Points 
                       === Championship Final ===                        
  1 Dressel, Caeleb        JR Florida             41.00      40.00N  20  
    r:+0.59  19.01        40.00 (20.99)
  2 Chadwick, Michael      SR Missouri            41.58      40.95   17  
    r:+0.63  19.43        40.95 (21.52)
  3 Held, Ryan             JR NC State            41.34      41.21   16  
    r:+0.63  19.54        41.21 (21.67)
  4 Carter, Dylan          JR Southern Cali       41.73      41.76   15  
    r:+0.56  19.88        41.76 (21.88)
  5 Ringgold, Brett        JR Texas               41.96      41.77   13.5
    r:+0.68  19.75        41.77 (22.02)
  5 Condorelli, Santo      JR Southern Cali       41.92      41.77   13.5
    r:+0.62  19.60        41.77 (22.17)
  7 Perry, Sam             JR Stanford            41.77      41.80   12  
    r:+0.61  19.62        41.80 (22.18)
  8 Pieroni, Blake         JR Indiana             41.89      41.85   11  
    r:+0.61  19.93        41.85 (21.92)


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1 comment

  1. avatar

    Dressel gets my vote. Tough call though. NOT. Seems to me he is the world’s best swimmer – him and Ledecky. He is over decorated, which I’ll try not to focus on.