UF’s Dressel finishes with 3 national titles

Florida's Caeleb Dressel celebrates after getting his first-place trophy for the 100 yard butterfly at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Time to rename the NCAA swimming record book after Caeleb Dressel?


The Florida senior star swam to first place – and his latest record – at the NCAA men’s championships Saturday. Dressel won the men’s 100-yard freestyle in 39.90 seconds, becoming the first man to break 40 seconds.

After setting American records while winning the 50 free and 100 fly earlier in the meet, the 21-year-old finishes his NCAA career with nine individual championships and American, NCAA, US Open, UF and pool records.

Also Saturday, UF’s Jan Switkowski set a school record to finish second in the 200 fly in 1:39.55 and Mark Szaranek set a school record in the 200 breast while finishing third in 1:51.17.

Another Florida record fell in the 400 free relay when Khader Baqlah, Switkowski, Dressel and Szaranek finished second overall in 2:45.73.

Texas won its fourth straight national title and Cal came in second. The Gators finished fifth.