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

  38 Jared Anderson | December 13th, 2013 | Junior Nationals, National, News

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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what causes the bad air? the increased level of chloramines. what causes the increase in chloramines? large number of swimmers uses up the chlorine in the water and the agitation of the water by the swimmers releases the chloramines into the atmosphere. why aren’t the chloramines filtered? current air handling systems – hvac – only recirculate the bad air. the air is barely filtered. solutions? 1) better air handling systems which REMOVE the air from the building. i have experienced the in-gutter evacuator system and it works perfectly; retrofitted systems not as well. 2) smaller meets. usa-s knew the meet could top 1500-2000 swimmers. gac knew they had a history of air problems with large meets (i.e. the y-nat meets… Read more »
Hugo Miller

I thought Knoxville (last year) way WAYYYYY worse as far as air quality…. it’s not great here either, but way better than Knoxville.

No news on how the kid is doing?


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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career sixteen years and running wasn’t enough for this native Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every …

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