7x Olympic Gold Medalist Dressel Describes Painful Practices Under Coach Nesty

SwimSwam caught up with 7-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel at the University of Florida, and Dressel described pain.  Under Coach Anthony Nesty, Dressel returned to hard work three and a half days after the ISL Season 3 Final. The turnaround was fast, jarring and it hurt.

Transitioning from Coach Gregg Troy to Nesty was clearly something planned, and everyone was on the same page.  Watch the interview to hear it from Dressel.

When we captured this video World Champs was still canceled. Interestingly, Dressel seemed pretty confident a path forward for Worlds would happen, and he clearly stated World Championships takes priority over the ISL.

My big takeaway from this interview is that Dressel’s hungry to race on a global stage this summer. A lot of elites have openly talked about taking a break from the pool or competing with a lighter schedule. Australia’s most decorated Olympian Emma McKeon recently revealed she will not be pursuing a spot on the nation’s roster for the 2022 FINA World Aquatic Championships.  Dressel said, “I have a limited career, and I want to race.”

Now that Worlds is back on, I want to play the prediction, but I’m going to wait until after Dressel’s first Pro Swim appearance. Dressel reps said to expect to see him at USA Swimming’s Chicago (Westmont) Pro Swim in early March.

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2 years ago

I think Chalmers and Popovici will go 46’s in the coming few years. Chalmers short course WR shows what he can do with a decent run from injury. To think he went 47.08 in Tokyo off (was it?) 5 months from should surgery. Also, that WR shows he can nail the underwater. And Popovici, we’ll he’s just a kid, and faster than CD and KC at the same age, so he’s on a good trajectory. I am scared to think what Nesty will do with CD though, he’s made improvements with KL already, he’s got the magic touch. 100m freestyle will be so interesting in 2023 and 2024. Not to mention the 100fly. I don’t think CD would have though… Read more »

2 years ago

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2 years ago

Hey Meow, thanks for letting us know. We occasionally get bad ads that slip through the filters – the easiest way to ID and clear them out is by hitting the report button in the corner, so if you see that again could you pretty please do that?

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Steve Nolan
2 years ago

Also, does anyone think Dressel was gonna go 1:40 in a 200y free? Unless he fell off his motorcycle that morning, I don’t think that’s happening.

2 years ago

Yup, he has to swim away from Chalmers, Popovici, and KK

Reply to  SigmaAlphaBetaMale
2 years ago

Don’t forget Kristof Milak.

2 years ago

Great..great beard Mel!!

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

That is the weakest porn ‘stache in the history of porn ‘staches.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

You just can’t help it can you 😂

katie’s gator cap :)
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

the growing of his hair seems to cancel out the weak stache like pemdas or something

2 years ago

When you do the predictions, can you include last year’s predictions too please?

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Joel
2 years ago

Fair enough. Yes, I will.

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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