3 World Top 10 Times: The Men’s 50 Free at the Richmond PSS Was Electric


The men’s 50 free at the Richmond PSS tonight saw several really big swims in the A final, including 3 swims that landed in the top 10 in the world this year. Caeleb Dressel took the event in 21.69, which is just 0.02 seconds slower than his best time from last year. Dressel swam a 21.67 at US Nationals last Summer, which ended up being his fastest performance of the 2018 season. He has a personal best of 21.15 from 2017 World Champs. Dressel’s time tonight puts him 4th fastest in the world this year.

Here are the results from the A final tonight:

  1. Caeleb Dressel – 21.69
  2. Michael Andrew – 21.83
  3. Michael Chadwick – 21.96
  4. Jack Conger – 22.41
  5. Mihalis Deliyiannis – 22.46
  6. Andrej Barna – 22.55
  7. Ryan Held – 22.59
  8. Abdelrahman Sameh – 22.62

Michael Andrew‘s time was his 3rd fastest ever at a Pro Swim Series, with his top two coming from the Columbus Pro Series last Summer at 21.69 and 21.70 respectively. His time tonight was also just 0.37 seconds off his personal best of 21.46. His time tonight puts him 6th fastest in the world this year.

Michael Chadwick tied his personal best of 21.96, which he swam the the 2016 Olympic trials. His best time makes him the 15th fastest American in history in the 50 free, and puts him 7th in the world this year. Furthermore, Chadwick’s time tonight was the first time he’s broken 22 seconds since August of 2017. It was also only his 3rd time under 22 seconds in his career.

Jack Conger came in 4th and set a new best time. Conger’s previous best was 22.69 coming into this meet, and he then went 22.66 in prelims this morning. Then he swam a 22.41 tonight, marking a total drop of 0.28 seconds at this meet. Before this meet, Conger’s best time was from 2012, and he hadn’t swum the event since 2015.

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Pete Manieri
3 years ago

The Dressel comments and debates remind me of Tiger Woods threads….lol.
It’s amazing that anybody throws neg on Dressel at all.
Troy picked this meet to psychologically up the ante on what the worlds and Tokyo will look and read like.
Would be really cool to see one of Cielo’s world records go down as we wait patiently for skin suit records to fall.
It may happen by Tokyo but maybe not.
Lochte’s recent interview indicated he was not with Troy for a few weeks.
Would be awesome to see Dressel smash 200 IM record .
Despite his Hollywood stuff I still really admire Lochte and hoping he really comes on.
Anybody have any inside on Ryan’s training?

3 years ago

Dressel swimming this fast in season is terrifying for his competition.

Freddie Cole
Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

Agreed. If I remember correctly, I think he’s currently doing training DURING these meets, but I could be wrong. Either way, I’m hyped to see what he does this year at World’s, and next year at the Olympics.

Reply to  Swammer
3 years ago

I’m guessing Ol’ DRESSELHATER….errr I mean Ol’ LONGHORN will beg to differ 🙂

3 years ago

I don’t think Ol’ Longhorn has anything against Dressel. I think his issue is more with the insane amount of hype Dressel gets, which I can totally understand. The motorcycle story, whether true or not, looked like a pretty obvious cop-out because of the timing. Then, when Dressel didn’t obliterate every SCM WR this winter, the amount of excuse-making from his fans was incredibly annoying– as though breaking multiple American records was a bad meet, or that getting beaten by Chad Le Clos, the world record holder, in the 100 fly was inconceivable.

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