Caeleb Dressel Entered in 200 Freestyle at 2021 US Olympic Trials

2021 PRO SWIM SERIES – MISSION VIEJO (#3)

After winning the 200 freestyle at the Pro Swim Series meet in Mission Viejo, world record holder Caeleb Dressel confirmed that he is signed up to swim the race at the 2021 US Olympic Trials. 

During the post-race interview, Dressel also mentioned how he’d “love” to swim the 800 freestyle relay at the Olympics. However, he failed to say whether he will actually race either event. 

If Dressel does elect to swim the 200 freestyle at Olympic Trials, he could be a major threat to make the team individually in the event. Internationally, he raced the meet at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, where he finished 18th overall in prelims with a time of 1:47.89. Dressel also raced the event at the 2017 World Championship Trials, finishing 6th with a 1:47.51. That finish earned him a 800 freestyle relay spot at the 2017 World Championships, but Dressel ultimately opted not to swim it.

Dressel’s winning time from today was almost faster than his 2017 World Championships Trials swim, as he touched in a time of 1:47.57, not far off of his best time of 1:47.31 from the 2019 PSS in Richmond. 

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Swimmer2
5 months ago

If he can put up a 1:45+ at any point before the games he will probably be on it. I see trials similar too 2016 where the top 3 are very good, but the 4th slot is more open

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Who are your top 3?

Pvdh
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
5 months ago

Haas, Seli, Dean Farris and Dressel will be on the relay at Olympics.

But just as Dressel is about to lead off, Phelps will descend from the rafters, give Dressel a stone cold stunner, point to Cavic and give him the DX chop, dump Dressels a$$ into the water, and Take his spot.

Last edited 5 months ago by Pvdh
Bub
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

I have Haas, Apple, Seli, and Smith for the final. Idk if dressel can get by them.

Pvdh
Reply to  Bub
5 months ago

Dude I needed Dressel in the story let me have this

Idk
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

No Farris 200 yard free translates better to 100lcm apple smith have a much better chance

Willswim
Reply to  Idk
5 months ago

Haas, Seli, Smith, Apple is my best guess, with Pieroni and Farris in the morning.

Horninco
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

Farris has a bit to prove before you lump him in there.

Dressel will have his hands full with guys like Kieren Smith, Kibler, Seliskar, Haas, Apple Peironi, etc to make the top 4. I think this is a situation where it might take 1:45 to make the top 6 but no one guy is at 1:44.

(Prof) Andy Majeske
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

Farris will have to have one hell of a taper to be in the running the way he has been swimming….

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

No way Dean Farris over Kieran Smith

Dressel would no sell the stunner and rock bottom him, then drop the Dressel elbow on the entire field.

mcmflyguy
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

this made my day… lol

Swimmer2
Reply to  ArtVanDeLegh10
5 months ago

Haas and smith for indiv. Perioni and seliskar after

Penguin
Reply to  Swimmer2
5 months ago

Chalmers needs to work on his heats and prelims speed. Dressel has the progressions down: always knocking off bits of time each time he swims. Chalmers was a few hundreths away from missing the semis at worlds 2019. Crazy

Penguin
Reply to  Penguin
5 months ago

sorry, .12 away from missing semis

Penguin
Reply to  Penguin
5 months ago

agh wrong thread. anyway I’m just saying Chalmers has to be 2016-style strategic to beat Dressel. He has to save the right amt in the tank for finals, not too much, not too little… something CD is really good at.

Samesame
Reply to  Penguin
5 months ago

Chalmers has beaten Dressel twice. Dressel has beaten Chalmers once. I’m sure Chalmers knows what he’s doing

iLikePsych
Reply to  Samesame
5 months ago

Dressel has beaten Chalmer’s twice – the 100 free at the 2019 WC, and later leading off the mixed 400 free relay when Chalmers was fresh while Dressel had already swum and won the 50 and 100 fly

Penguin
Reply to  Samesame
5 months ago

Actually I think the reigning Olympic champ has no idea what he’s doing. I expect him to come to the swimswam comment section, read my advice, and finally be enlightened.

Khachaturian
5 months ago

What other events would be on the day of the 4 x 200 relay finals?

PhillyMark
5 months ago

Rowdy w the scoop!!

Mr Piano
5 months ago

If he swam the 200 free individually, I would be pretty worried about his chances at winning the 100 and 50 free to hold off people like Chalmers or Fratus. It might not conflict within the session, but it might hurt him later on the week.

Pvdh
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

Ehh this dude has put up 49.6/21.0//47.3 in the same session.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

Yea but swimming 4x200s might use up some of that reserve he needs to repeat those type of doubles.

Pvdh
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

I really don’t think so. In previous interviews Dressel describes the worlds schedule as straight up easy compared to what he had to do for NCAAs where he was carrying Florida in the prelim relays even. He won’t be swimming prelims at all in Tokyo, Not to mention that triple is not required at the Olympics and the 50 and 100 fly finals are on different days as well. The 200 free slides perfectly into his schedule

Not saying he makes the team in it but I don’t think it’d take Much out of him with how he trains.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

Pvdh is correct. After he swam 39.90, just squeaking under 40.0 from the year before (does anyone else remember seeing how when he swam that 40 flat, he turned around in the pool & signaled “a pinch” – just so close?), he said he was “tired”. Obviously from carrying Florida. However, Troy’s training serves hiom very well for 2017 & 2019 wowrlds, plus ISL. His baseline for cardio & recovery is simply phenomenal, especially for a sprinter. Notice in the ISL skins matches how Manadou was dropping off, whereas Caeleb was still dropping 21’s.

NoFlyKick
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 months ago

Must be nice to be able to swim a 40.00 tired.

Penguin
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

@pvdh exactly.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Penguin
5 months ago

It killed LeClos though in Rio. And he has a 4 IM, 2 fly background, so it’s not like he’s a wimp.

Prettykitten
Reply to  Pvdh
5 months ago

He’d lose 100 free if he swam the 200. He’s only 0.1 faster than Chalmers making it a coin flip and he isn’t fast enough in the 200 to cruz through prelims or win the event. I think even doing the 4×200 would be a mistake.

Idk
Reply to  Prettykitten
5 months ago

It’s idiotic to call it a coin flip based of times from two years ago…

Prettykitten
Reply to  Idk
5 months ago

Don’t worry I am aware that since swimmers have returned to racing that Chalmers has been faster despite his shoulder surgery but i do believe Dressel will be able to pull through and be on par with his 2019 form.

Max Hardie
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

Watch out for the Russians and Milak as well.

Penguin
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

I think Steve Nolan’s got the most accurate take.

Mean Dean
5 months ago

So theoretically if he also made the individual, that’s 7 events right?

Not gonna complain. I wanna see what dressel can do in his prime. This summer is gonna be awesome.

Admin
Reply to  Mean Dean
5 months ago

I would suspect that if he made the 200 free individually, he wouldn’t swim it.

Mixed relay, so if he did swim the 200 free individually, that would be 8:

-50 free
-100 free
-200 free
-100 fly
-3 men’s relays
-mixed medley

I don’t think he needs to. I don’t think he’s got the gas to win gold in all 8, and if he wins 5 gold medals, he’s cemented his legacy (and financial future) forever.

john26
5 months ago

Given that the 4x200free relay is the relay the US men are most likely to lose (and even if they win, the margins are likely to be thin), they probably will be less likely to let Dressel on with blind faith, he’d need to demonstrate with a lot of conviction he is solidly top 4.

Skoorbnagol
Reply to  john26
5 months ago

Blind faith ?
He consistently beats his competitors unrested, example today.
Yet he’s notorious for a big taper.
He’s out-splitting everyone bar maybe Haas and Kieran Smith.
He’s faster than Pieroni, Apple, Conger, Seli, all of Texas and does more work than them.
Curious to know who you would have ‘faith in’ given the US have been dire in this relay since 2016.

Go Irish
Reply to  john26
5 months ago

Unless you have 4 guys that will win (and we absolutely do not have that), you go for upside, no one has more upside than the best male swimming right now

Last edited 5 months ago by Go Irish
Samesame
Reply to  Go Irish
5 months ago

Seto says hello.

john26
Reply to  Go Irish
5 months ago

I’m not saying you’re wrong about Dressel, i.e. If he puts up the #3 time at trials and it’s a 1:45 mid, there’s no question he should be on the relay. But if he puts up a 1:46.4 in the prelims that would rank #6 in the finals, I don’t think he should be on the relay.

Your argument also applied to Lochte in 4×100 free in London and it didn’t really work out well.

jvog88
Reply to  john26
5 months ago

I think that he puts up a 1:44 (and not the 1:44.8-9 kind) and makes this discussion look silly

old fly
5 months ago

Looks like his team is aiming at Phelps’ 8-gold record. Given that he’s in his prime, it’s a right ambition.

moddiddle
5 months ago

Good backup plan in case he doesn’t make the team in the 100

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