By James Sutherland on SwimSwam


Cali Condor superstar Caeleb Dressel got off to a hot start on day two of the ISL’s second semi-final in the men’s 100 freestyle, setting a new American Record in a time of 45.20.

Dressel slices .02 off of his previous record of 45.22, set during last season’s finale in Las Vegas. Prior to that, he held the record at 45.62 from the 2018 Short Course World Championships.

The 24-year-old remains the fifth-fastest performer of all-time, while this swim checks in as the seventh-fastest performance ever.

Nathan Adrian is actually the fastest American in history, having been 45.08 at the 2009 Duel in the Pool, but that swim was done during the period when USA Swimming wasn’t recognizing American Records due to the now-banned super-suits.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 100 Freestyle (SCM)

Rank Swimmer Time Year
1 Amaury Leveaux (FRA) 44.94 2008
2 Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 44.95 2018
3 Florent Manaudou (FRA) 45.04 2013
4 Nathan Adrian (USA) 45.08 2009
5 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 45.20 2020

Compared to his record swim from last December, Dressel made his hay on the second 50 today, closing in a scintillating 23.34. As the world record holder in the 50 free, if the 2016 Olympian can utilize his front-half speed a little bit more in the final, he’ll have a good shot at Amaury Leveaux‘s world record of 44.94. In that swim, which was suited, Leveaux split 21.72/23.22.

Dressel, 2019 ISL Finale Dressel, 2020 ISL Semi
21.65 21.86
23.57 (45.22) 23.34 (45.20)

Prior to this swim, Dressel held the top time in the ISL this season at 45.56, and produced his best-ever relay split on day one of this match in 44.91. He also narrowly missed his world record in the 50 free on the opening day in 20.28.

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