Dressel Sets NCAA, American and U.S. Open Record in the 50 Free Twice at NCAAs

Dressel Sets NCAA, American and U.S. Open Record in the 50 Free Twice at NCAAs

By USA Swimming  | Friday, March 23, 2018

Olympian and U.S. National Team member Caeleb Dressell set a meet, NCAA, American and U.S. Open record in the 50-yard freestyle twice Thursday at the NCAA Men’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. He set the first mark by becoming the first man to break 18 seconds in that event, turning in a time of 17.81 leading off the University of Florida 200 free relay. He and teammates Jan Switkowski, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe, Mark Szaranek went on to win that event in 1:14.39, a pool record.

He then returned to the pool for the individual event and bettered the mark with a time of 17.63. Other U.S. National team members finishing behind Dressel in the 50 included Ryan Held of North Carolina State, who was second in 18.64; Zach Apple of Auburn, who tied for fifth in 18.97; and Olympian Blake Pieroni of Indiana, who finished eighth in 19.17.

Pieroni and his Hoosier teammates Gabriel Fantoni, Ian Finnerty and Vini Lanza won the 400 medley relay in 3:01.07, a pool record.

Olympian and National Teamer Townley Haas of Texas won the 500 free in a pool record time of 4:08.60. Another National Teamer, Grant Shoults, finished fourth in the 500 in 4:10.02.

Switkowski won the 200 IM in 1:39.54, followed by National Teamers Abrahm DeVine of Stanford, who was fourth in 1:40.35; and Gunnar Bentz of Georgia, who was seventh in 1:41.89.

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