Caeleb Dressel Entered In Seven Events For US Olympic Trials


NCAA standout Caeleb Dressel has entered a whopping seven events for the upcoming US Olympic Trials, a staggering number but don’t expect him to swim all seven. Along with his two primary events – the 50 and 100 freestyle – Dressel has entered the 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, and 200 IM.

In a press conference in early May Dressel and coach Gregg Troy sat down to discuss the Trials and Dressel’s potential event lineup. Troy raved about Dressel’s potential in the 100 fly, as he did finish 2nd in the event at the NCAA Championships. “The 100 fly would be a tremendous event for him. I think he could do tremendously well but it backs up with the 50 freestyle I believe, so we have a little bit of a problem there.” On day 7 the 100 fly and 50 free finals are only separated by the women’s 800 free, giving Dressel a problem. He may swim the 100 fly prelims to see where he’s at, but the 50 free certainly takes the top priority.

The 200 free is another interesting event for Dressel, as he set a best time earlier this month and would be in relay contention if he took a few seconds off of that. Troy also express extreme confidence in Dressel’s ability in that event. “I feel pretty certain that if he swum the 200 freestyle at the NCAA meet that he would’ve been outstanding. Probably every bit as good as the guys that won.”

His other three entries – the 100 back, 100 breast and 200 IM – are a little more out of left field. He did swim a decent amount of breaststroke this season on Florida’s medley relays, but his best of 1:02.26 is about three seconds away from being a serious contender. The 100 back and 100 breast interfere with the 200 free, and the 200 IM interferes with one of his premier events, the 100 free.

Dressel comes in as the #2 seed in the 50 free (21.53), the #4 seed in the 100 free (48.74), and the #15 seed in the 200 free (1:48.39). He is also seeded 20th in the 100 fly (52.96), 41st in the 100 breast (1:02.26), 76th in the 200 IM and 79th in the 100 back.

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Holly Jones Lord
6 years ago

Go Caleb!!!

Holly Jones Lord
6 years ago

Go Caleb!!! I knew your mom back in the day and I pray for you and your family! Best of luck!!!

6 years ago

This guy is a true Olympic team, and Olympic medal contender; he’s not at Trials just to participate. Swimming the 100 Br is not a good idea; he could get injured, use up energy, etc., plus he has no chance of making the team. I predict that he’ll drop the 200 IM, 100 Br, and 100 Bk. He’ll probably wait to see how Phelps is swimming before deciding on the 100 FL.

6 years ago

I’ve always been impressed by how versatile dessel is considering he’s such a great sprinter. It’s unsual to see an American record holder in the 50 and 100 free swim breast stroke in the medly relay, plus crank out the 3rd fastest time ever in the 100 fly

6 years ago

I predict he will swim the 50/100/200 free and possibly the 100 fly. I do believe the 200 IM will become a focus event for him for the next Olympiad though.

Reply to  aquajosh
6 years ago

id love to see that. He’s already world level in the free, and probably would be in the fly as well. He’s great in short course in the breast and made a 100 back cut so isnt all too bad at that either. Troy knows a thing or 2 about developing great IMers, And he seems to have atleast some pedigree over the 200 distance. Probably would give Bobo an aneurysm thogh

6 years ago

Dressel. 9 Golds in 2024.
50/100/200 fr
400 medley relay
400 free relay
800 free relay
100 fly
100 breast
100 back

Reply to  PACFAN
6 years ago

1st to take 50fr below 20.
1st to go 45 in 100 fr
1:41.0 200 free.
1st to go 48 in 100 fly
50. In 100 back
56.7 100 breast

Reply to  PACFAN
6 years ago

……. NOPE M8

Reply to  PACFAN
6 years ago

You must have issues thinking he will go 1:41.0 or any of those times

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  PACFAN
6 years ago

Insane. I like this.

6 years ago

I hope that he swims the 200IM, so that Michael Andrew can give him a good whipping. Hopefully that will stop this silliness.

Team Rwanda
Reply to  Billabong
6 years ago

I didn’t realize Andrew and Dressel were rivals.

Reply to  Team Rwanda
6 years ago

well done Team Rwanda – complete nonsense to see Dressel and Andrew as opponents .

6 years ago

Troy has a history of entering his swimmers in EVERYTHING! So this isn’t surprising. Troy knows what Caleb can do and will swim him events he deems best!

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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