Male NCAA Performance of the Year: Caeleb Dressel — in Everything

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Swimming World’s Male NCAA Performance of the Year goes to Caeleb Dressel for his dominant three-event performance at the men’s NCAA championships this March. After all of his historic performances, how could we choose one over the other?

Dresser’s 50 yd free had it’s own historical significance with it marking Dressel as the first man to ever break 18-seconds in a 50 free, from a flat-start.

Dressel’s 42.80 to win the 100 yd fly would make him the first man to get under 43-seconds in the event, making him the new American and NCAA record holder by a large margin.

His 100 yd free had, at least, equally as much historical significance with him being the first man to swim the event under 40-seconds with his 39.90.

Not to mention the fastest relay split in history.

Original race reports:

100 yard Free

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel continues to smash barriers by breaking yet another NCAA and American record, this time in the 100 free where he produced a 39.90. This makes Dressel the first and only swimmer to break 40-seconds in a 100 free, making for the third major barrier the Gator senior has broken at this meet alone.

Dressel was the only swimmer in the heat out in under 19-seconds for the first 50, where he split 18.96.

Touching second in the A final was NC State’s Ryan Held in a 41.08 which ties him with Nathan Adrian for fifth all-time. Fellow Wolfpack member Justin Ress threw down a 41.49 for third place overall.

Touching in eighth was USC’s Santo Condorelli in a 42.34.

Auburn’s Zach Apple touched first in the B final with a 41.36.

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         NCAA: N 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
     American: A 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: O 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
 Championship: C 40.00  03/25/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: P 40.68  03/24/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             40.68      39.90N  200   20  
    r:+0.62  18.96        39.90 (20.94)
  2 Ryan Held        SR NC State            41.26      41.08   190   17  
    r:+0.62  19.54        41.08 (21.54)
  3 Justin Ress      JR NC State            41.34      41.49   185   16  
    r:+0.65  19.74        41.49 (21.75)
  4 Blake Pieroni    SR Indiana             41.16      41.51   185   15  
    r:+0.63  19.54        41.51 (21.97)
  5 Jacob Molacek    JR NC State            41.74      41.55   184   14  
    r:+0.65  19.94        41.55 (21.61)
  6 Townley Haas     JR Texas               41.80      41.67   183   13  
    r:+0.71  19.98        41.67 (21.69)
  7 Tate Jackson     JR Texas               41.82      41.81   181   12  
    r:+0.70  20.17        41.81 (21.64)
  8 Santo Condorell  SR USC                 41.69      42.34   176   11  
    r:+0.66  19.59        42.34 (22.75)

100 yard Fly

The A final of tonight’s 100 fly featured the Caeleb Dressel/Joseph Schooling showdown where Dressel emerged victorious in a time of 42.80. This marks Dressel as the fastest all time in the event, continuing his record-breaking weekend.

Dressel continues to marvel with his unmatched speed and unparalleled underwater dolphin kick abilities. Dressel was out first at the 50 in a 19.99, with NC State’s Ryan Held trailing in 20.55. By the finish, Dressel had come back in a 22.81 to win it while Held (44.88) would fade to fifth.

Dressel’s fellow Gator teammate Jan Switkowski got by Schooling for second place in a time of 44.49 while Indiana’s Vini Lanza touched third in 44.50. Former NCAA champion from two years ago, Schooling, faded to fourth in a time of 44.68. Rounding out the A final in a 45.11 was Cal’s Matthew Josa.

Event 9  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
     American: A 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
   U. S. Open: O 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
 Championship: C 43.58  03/24/2017Caeleb Dressel, Florida
         Pool: P 44.37  03/23/2018Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             44.37      42.80N  200   20  
    r:+0.64  19.99        42.80 (22.81)
  2 Jan Switkowski   SR Florida             45.09      44.49   191   17  
    r:+0.66  20.85        44.49 (23.64)
  3 Vini Lanza       JR Indiana             44.66      44.50   191   16  
    r:+0.68  20.81        44.50 (23.69)
  4 Joseph Schoolin  SR Texas               44.97      44.68   189   15  
    r:+0.62  20.75        44.68 (23.93)
  5 Ryan Held        SR NC State            45.06      44.88   187   14  
    r:+0.62  20.55        44.88 (24.33)
  6 Ryan Hoffer      FR California          45.29      44.93   186   13  
    r:+0.68  21.05        44.93 (23.88)
  7 Justin Lynch     SR California          45.13      45.02   185   12  
    r:+0.62  20.97        45.02 (24.05)
  8 Matthew Josa     SR California          45.23      45.11   185   11  
    r:+0.65  20.81        45.11 (24.30)

50 yard Free

In tonight’s 50 free A final Florida Gator Caeleb Dressel threw down yet another NCAA and American record with a 17.63 to win by nearly a second ahead of NC State’s Ryan Held. Minnesota’s Bowen Becker snuck into third with a 18.90.

USC’s Santo Condorelli touched first in the B final with a 18.99.

Event 5  Men 50 Yard Freestyle - Caeleb Dressel
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         NCAA: N 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
     American: A 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
   U. S. Open: O 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
 Championship: C 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
         Pool: P 17.81  3/22/2018 Caeleb Dressel, Florida-FL
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals NISCA Points
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                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             18.11      17.63N  200   20  
     r:+0.63  8.48         17.63 (9.15)
  2 Ryan Held        SR NC State            18.69      18.64   192   17  
     r:+0.60  9.10         18.64 (9.54)
  3 Bowen Becker     JR Minnesota           18.88      18.90   186   16  
     r:+0.63  9.20         18.90 (9.70)
  4 Pawel Sendyk     SO California          18.95      18.94   185   15  
     r:+0.66  9.08         18.94 (9.86)
  5 Ryan Hoffer      FR California          19.04      18.97   184   13.5
     r:+0.65  9.07         18.97 (9.90)
  5 Zach Apple       JR Auburn              18.97      18.97   184   13.5
     r:+0.63  9.10         18.97 (9.87)
  7 Robert Howard    JR Alabama             19.00      19.09   181   12  
     r:+0.69  9.19         19.09 (9.90)
  8 Blake Pieroni    SR Indiana             18.93      19.17   179   11  
     r:+0.64  9.28         19.17 (9.89)

6 comments

  1. Daryl Wells

    Michael Perea

    • Michael Perea

      Daryl Wells summer league lol 😂

  2. Ken Minneman

    Hard to disagree with that

  3. avatar
    Dallas

    Braces on teeth at age 21 are suspicious.

  4. Mariana Phipps

    He swam a 39.90 in the 100 – – think about that for a second!