(CMR) Caymanian swimmer Jordan Crooks continues his winning streak, winning the first national title for the University of Tennessee since 2001. Crooks won the NCAA National Title in the 50-yard Freestyle, swimming it in 18.32 seconds.
Crooks is also the first UT Volunteer to win the 50 free national title since 1980. Overall, this is the 46th national championship in Volunteer history.
“I’m thrilled for Jordan Crooks. Thrilled for our team and our staff. There are so many people who have helped him reach this level, and I’m also thrilled for our program and our alumni. The 50 free is such an iconic event for Tennessee men’s swimming, and it’s been too long since we’ve had a national champion. To have two in the final, one of whom was a freshman, I think, is a big step for us,” Director of Swimming & Diving Matt Kredich said.
“Then to have not only have Jordan win, but to win under the circumstances that he did. It was a really odd start, and he was the last guy off the blocks but responded with the fastest second 25, certainly, that I can remember. He showed incredible competitiveness, and that’s what our program strives to be about. I think he exemplified that tonight,” Kredich added.
Crooks, who won a world championship medal last year, continues to stun on the US national scene, not only winning several events since the start of the season but also breaking records.