A Look at Which Worlds Team Members Are Pulling a Double at U.S. Nationals

2019 PHILLIPS 66 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

While Nathan AdrianLia Neal, and a few other Worlds team members will be heading to Lima, Peru, for the 2019 Pan Ams, 22 Worlds members may be racing in Palo Alto, California, after appearing on the 2019 U.S. Nationals psych sheets. But, of those 22, who is actually going to show up in Palo Alto to swim after traveling back from Gwangju (based on social media)?

MORE OR LESS CONFIRMED

MAYBE…?

  • Caeleb Dressel
    • This morning, posted that he’s ‘flying home tomorrow.’ He’s entered in some off events (like the 200 IM, 100 breast, and 200 free), which would be very intriguing to see him race.

UNKNOWN

Of the unknown swimmers, Weitzeil, Eastin, Drabot, and Shoults are likely in the Bay Area, anyways, with their training groups at either Cal or Stanford. It isn’t yet confirmed if they’ll be racing.

Speculation and social media aside, we’ll get our answers in the coming days– the first session of the 2019 U.S. Nationals begins tomorrow morning with preliminaries of the 200 fly and 100 free, and timed finals of the women’s 800 free and men’s 1500 free.

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Heyitsme

It’ll be interesting

Ragnar

Caeleb please swim a 1:55 200 IM in prelims, then head home and get some rest. You can do it

Superfan

He isn’t swimming!

Ol’ Longhorn

Agree. Why risk harming the brand?

Matterson

Didn’t we see a gold medal minute where Dressel was going straight to a training camp after worlds?

Michael

As much as i want to see this 200IM from him it doesn’t look like it will happen. The 200 IM is on Saturday and if he’s flying home tomorrow…then it ain’t happening. The only thing he would be swimming tomorrow would be the 100 free and I doubt he would be able to repeat a sub 47 right now so why bother. The off events would be awesome to see…but it looks like we’ll have to wait till trials!

Ol' Longhorn

Exactly. Why hurt the brand he created from Worlds? Enormous marketing opportunities leading up to Tokyo from here on out for him. Anything less than extraordinary hurts the brand. The idea he could come off that meet and swim at nearly the same level at Nats is absurd.

Coach Mike 1952

Dubious he would swim off events at trials IMHO

Gator

Can you say jet lag….

Nance

calls for ‘man cave’ veg time …

Coach Mike 1952

That’s my main concern too, especially after the (ahem!) “well-considered” decision on the part of USAS to allow 4 days total counting travel time before the start of PanPacs last year. We all know how that lead balloon went… That point aside, the swimmers coming from Worlds are likely still in close to peak form with the short turnaround time after competition ended, so it WILL be interesting to see how anyone who shows up will manage the time change in relation to their performances.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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