Crooks wins SEC title in record time

University of Tennessee freshman Jordan Crooks has climbed the all-time rankings in the 50-yard freestyle.  

He won the SEC title in 18.53, making him the second-straight freshman to win that title after Alabama’s Matt King last year. 

The Caymanian 19-year-old jumped to #1 all-time. That means he has been faster than the all-time best freshman in NCAA history, and the fastest 50-yard freestyler of any age, Caeleb Dressel. 

Prior to his 50-yard swim, Crooks’ leadoff helped lift the Volunteers to a 2nd-place finish in the 200 free relay. He had the fastest leadoff leg in the field ahead of Chaney, who is also on the all-time freshman list. 

Crooks topped off his participation at the 2022 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, claiming silver in the 100-yard free. Crooks had a slight edge at the 50-yard mark, with a split 19.3 seconds to LSU’s Brooks Curry 19.4.  

However, Curry came back break Caeleb Dressel’s SEC Meet Record in 40.99, ahead of Crooks who finished in 41.64 seconds. 

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