Caeleb Dressel Drops His Last 2 Events on Day 5 of U.S. Nationals


Sunday morning heat sheets

Day 5 features heats of 200 IM and 50 free in the morning, followed by men’s 800 free and women’s 1500 free in the afternoon.

Fans who were holding out hope to watch Caeleb Dressel of Gator Swim Club swim on the final day of 2019 U.S. Nationals will be sorely disappointed. After scratching prelims of all the events he had entered on Days 1 through 4 in Palo Alto, the Swimmer of the Meet at last month’s 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships has pulled out of his last two races: the 200 IM and the 50 free. Dressel was seeded 12th in the former and first in the latter. He wasn’t alone, though. Six of the top 24 seeds in the men’s 200 IM, including #1 Abrahm DeVine of the local Alto Swim Club, will not contest the event. In the 50 free, #9 seed Justin Ress scratched prelims as well.

The entire women’s 200 IM group from Alto Swim Club dropped out of heats on Sunday morning. That includes #1 seed Ella Eastin who swam the event at World Championships and finished tied for ninth place in the semi-finals. Top-seeded Abrahm DeVine, also of Alto Swim Club, joined Dressel in scratching prelims of the men’s 200 IM.

Absent from heats of the 50 free will be World Championships participants Mallory Comerford, Olivia Smoliga, Kelsi Dahlia, Dressel, and Justin Ress.

Four of the top ten seeds in the women’s 1500 free, including #1 Ashley Twichell and #3 Haley Anderson, will forgo swimming the event on Sunday. #7 Trey Freeman is the only scratch out of the fastest heat of the men’s 800 free.

Women’s 200 IM

Men’s 200 IM

Women’s 50 free

Men’s 50 free

Women’s 1500 free

Men’s 800 free


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1 year ago

was he ever in Palo Alto?

Reply to  Swimming4silver
1 year ago

I think the article on scratches yesterday said he had been seen at the meet. I don’t know if that’s true. Definitely possible that he could have stopped in SF for a few days to see guys at the meet on way back to Florida.

Reply to  Swimming4silver
1 year ago

His sister is swimming so good chance he is enjoying cheering for her.

1 year ago


1 year ago

Not sure why this is news at this point?!

Beach bum j
Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

I think it’s pretty well explained that some fans went to the meet thinking he would
evantually be there 🤷🏼‍♂️

Reply to  Superfan
1 year ago

Because USA Swimming kept up the charade of “he’s here, he’ll be here tomorrow!” for 5 days when it was obviously not going to happen a week ago

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