Swim/Dive

SWIM: Dressel sets American record in 50-free prelims, qualifies first overall in NCAA final

In his first competition at the 2018 NCAA Championships, Caeleb Dressel is once again putting on a show.

Dressel’s first appearance took place in the final heat of the 50-yard freestyle where he claimed an American record by swimming an 18.11.

The record-breaking run has Dressel in the top spot heading into the finals tonight. Dressel will look to become the first male swimmer in NCAA history to win the 50-free all four years of his collegiate career.

In addition to tonight’s freestyle event, Dressel will also compete Friday in the 100-fly and on Saturday in the 100-free.

Although Dressel has dominated the competition since arriving in Gainesville from Green Cove Springs, Florida, his name became well known with an incredible run at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Dressel earned seven gold medals to tie a record held by swimming legend Michael Phelps.

Dressel also earned a pair of gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Florida currently sits fourth in team standings after one day. Tonight’s coverage of the 2018 World Championships will begin at 7:00 PM.

*FINA doesn’t recognize records using (SCY) short course yards as they use (SCM) short course meters.

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