Caeleb Dressel Dealing With Groin Pain After Medley Relay, Sources Say


Coming off a historic day that included two 17-second flat-start 50 frees, one 17-second flying start 50 free and a 50.6 breaststroke split, Caeleb Dressel is feeling some ill effects heading into day 3.

Dressel was noticeably affected after swimming breaststroke on the medley relay last night, walking very gingerly on deck. He was also icing his left leg during post-meet interviews, and this morning had athletic tape inside of his left thigh as he got in the water for warmup.

Sources tell SwimSwam that Dressel was experiencing pain in his groin area after that medley relay. Though he had the second-fastest split of anyone in the field at 50.6, Dressel was not nearly as fast as the 50.03 he put up from a flat start in the 100 breast at SECs – a meet where he was much slower in the 50 free than he’s been so far in Minneapolis.

On the other hand, Dressel appeared to be walking much more naturally this morning on deck, and didn’t look affected during warmup, though he spent a lot of time stretching his legs and groin on deck before he got in.

Dressel has already swum 6 times this week, and still has a heavy schedule incoming. He will swim the 100 fly today and is almost certainly a member of Florida’s 200 medley relay. Tomorrow, he’ll swim the 100 free and Florida’s 400 free relay for a potential 8 more swims. He won’t swim any more breaststroke, though, outside of the off-chance he swims breaststroke again on Florida’s medley relay today.

We reached out to Florida’s media staff for more information on Dressel’s status, but have not yet gotten a response.

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He’s still going 38!

Sean Sullivan

Hopefully it’s not too bad. We saw a similar thing with Clark Smith last year at NCAAs, but he only had to get through 4 swims total. I think the most challenging thing for him will be his starts. I don’t think the actual swimming part of butterfly and freestyle should be hampered, but the start is obviously a huge part of his race.


Lol the swimming gods nerfed him for the rest of the meet.
If he’s not being pulled from events I doubt it’s anything too bad.

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