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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4 years ago

I predict he will he drop the 200im, 100 breast and 100 back. I think he could drop the hammer in a 100 fly, but he might have to drop that too due to conflict with 50 free.

andrew majeske
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

He might want to swim the 100 breast on day one, mostly just to get ready for his serious events. He might even make it to semis.

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Agreed – that line up of events is way too much to be concentrating on the main free events .

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Conflict, how much? If it’s 10 minutes heck yea. 30, I’d be real nervous. A few hours is good.

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

Michael Andrew is nearly 2 seconds faster than Dressel in the 100 breast. Wow.

I sure hope some of the amazing NCAA swims translate to LCMs.

4 years ago

I think he only swim the free events, plus maybe the prelims of the 100 fly just to see where he’s at with that event. He may also swim 100 breast prelims just to get himself into the meet before his serious events. At SECs and NCAAs he kept talking about how tired he was getting from all his swims, so I don’t think he’s one of those freaks like Phelps and Lochte who can just swim tons of events without tiring out. He needs to be as fresh as possible for the 50 free at the end of the meet, because that’s possibly the most stacked event in this trials.

Reply to  Dave
4 years ago

even if he did mention he was tired, his times did not drop off at all. He delivered a 40.4 and 40.8 in the 100 free on the last night

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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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