Crooks takes 5th in a historic 100 free finals at NCAA championship

After competing in several races during the 2023 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, Caymanian Jordan Crooks eventually closed the show Saturday night in a historic 100 freestyle.

Crooks took fifth in the 100 free final, clocking 41.03 seconds. Prior to that, the 20-year-old swam 40.92 in his heat. Had he matched that time in the finals, Crooks would have tied second with Jack Alexy.

However, it was Josh Liendo rejoicing after taking first in the 100 free in a time of 40.28. That time makes Liendo the second-fastest man in NCAA history behind record-holder Caeleb Dressel.

For Crooks, he leaves the 2023 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships with several records, a gold medal – which he won during the 50 freestyle finals Thursday evening, and as Tennessee’s top point scorer.

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