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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