Breaking: Dressel taken from Jr Nats in an ambulance with breathing trouble

Caeleb Dressel left Junior Nationals this morning in an ambulance after having trouble breathing in the wake of his 100 fly race.

One day after his ground-breaking sub-19-second 50 free race, Dressel reported some difficulty breathing in the pool area and left the meet to get medical attention.

Dressel swam the 200 medley relay and the 100 fly this morning before leaving, and wound up scratching the 100 breast. It doesn’t sound like the medical situation is too serious for the 17-year-old Bolles School star, but at this point Bolles coaches say that it’s uncertain if he’ll swim finals tonight.

The Greensboro Aquatic Center just had its HVAC systems upgraded last week to help improve air quality leading into the Junior National meet, but the results appear to be pretty mixed, based on swimmers’ reviews and now Dressel’s situation.

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As a coach at the meet, I can tell you the air is bad and I’m not even swimming.


Hah! I remember back in my day when my coach tried forcing us to work through it. He had to give up and end practice once even he started coughing.


So many kids complain about the air quality! After the
first day my swimmers started to cough and have problems breathing.
So much talking about the new ventilation system… It’s the


USA Swimming has known about the air quality issues in Greensboro. It is a difficult and expensive venue for people to reach (how many direct flights to Greensboro are there???) and there is a history of air quality issues. One new HVAC system for 1200+ swimmers is a bandaid, and our athletes, coaches, and officials are paying for it. What was the logic in choosing this venue? I hope USA Swimming starts putting the athletes first with their venue selections. Another example- Junior Nationals outside in San Antonio when August temps historically are over 100 degrees? Is this about paying them back for not picking San Antonio for Trials or putting the kids in the best competitive venue available? Come… Read more »


I am a swimmer and i competed at this meet, i train here at
GAC and swim 80% of meets there. The air quality has never been a
problem for me and wasnt there

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