Caeleb Dressel Headlines Star-Studded Field At Westmont Pro Swim (Psych Sheets)


A good portion of the swimmers who will be in the hunt for a berth on the 2024 U.S. Olympic team will be in the field next week at the Pro Swim Series event in Westmont, the second stop of the three-leg series that will wrap up in San Antonio next month.

Highlighting the pre-scratch psych sheets is seven-time Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel, who is slated to race for the first time in the calendar year after withdrawing from the opening PSS stop in Knoxville due to the impending birth of his child (his son, August Wilder, was born on Feb. 17).

Dressel holds entries in the men’s 50, 100 and 200 free, and the 100 fly, with a strong field of challengers in the men’s sprints set to take him on.

The 27-year-old’s most recent competition was the U.S. Open at the beginning of December, where he posted times of 21.99 in the 50 free, 48.85 in the 100f ree and 51.31 in the 100 fly, all three of which were faster than what he went at U.S. Nationals in June.

The sprint free events will feature the likes of Jack AlexyRyan Held and Brooks Curry, while in the 100 fly we’ll see Dressel go to battle with Shaine CasasDare Rose and rising young star Thomas Heilman, among others.

Alongside Dressel, other swimmers based out of the University of Florida on the entry lists include Kieran SmithBobby Finke and Natalie Hinds.

Among the most notable absences are swimmers like Carson Foster and Jake Foster, who are returning from the World Championships last month in Doha. In fact, among the US team for Worlds, only Shaine Casas, Zach Harting, and David Johnston are entered in this meet.

Also missing is seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky. In her last outing at a Sectionals meet in Florida, she lost her first 800 free final in 13 years. Other members of Ledecky’s University of Florida training group are attending the meet, and she has made a habit out of early-March racing in recent seasons: she has swum the relevant Pro Swim Series stop in each of the last four seasons, and last March swam meets each of the first two weekends of the month.

Some of the other noteworthy training squads in attendance include:


ASU’s pro squad will be out in full force, headlined by Regan Smith, who is entered in the women’s 100 and 200 back, and the 100 and 200 fly.

Other ASU swimmers include Held, Chase KaliszJay LitherlandLuca Urlando and Drew Kibler on the men’s side, and Olivia SmoligaSimone Manuel and Paige Madden for the women.


As reported earlier this week, some of the top swimmers on the Cal men’s team will opt out of next week’s Pac-12 Championships in favor of the Pro Swim event, with Alexy, Rose, Destin Lasco and Gabriel Jett all in the field.

We’ll also see the Cal post-grads, including four-time Olympic gold medalist and multi-time world champion Ryan Murphy, holding the top seed in the men’s 100 and 200 back.

Abbey Weitzeil will be a top contender in the women’s sprint free events, while Curry will do the same in the men’s events and Hugo Gonzalez holds six entries, including top-five seeds in the 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM.


Some key international names are on the psych sheets, most notably Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui, the reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 400 free and 2023 world champion in the 800 and 1500 free.

Hafnaoui, who had a poor showing at the 2024 World Championships last month, is set to battle Bobby Finke in the 400, 800 and 1500 free.

Brazil is sending a large team of athletes to the meet that includes Olympic medalist Fernando Scheffer, along with female freestyler María Fernanda Costa, who set a pair of South American Records last month in Doha. Former NCAA stars Vini Lanza and Nicolas Albiero are also in the field representing Brazilian club Minas Tenis.

Albiero changed his sporting citizenship from the U.S. to Brazil last year.

Austrian Felix Auboeck holds just one entry in the men’s 200 free, while a group of Canadians competing includes Penny OleksiakTaylor RuckBailey AndisonKaterine Savard and Tess Cieplucha.


The women’s field will feature other top American names including Lilly KingKatie GrimesTorri HuskeClaire Weinstein and Leah Hayes.

On the men’s side, Santo Condorelli and Justin Ress will add to the stacked sprint field, while Trenton Julian adds dome strength to the butterfly events and Jake Magahey strengthens the distance freestyles.

Find the full psych sheets here.

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1 month ago

I wonder why MA is sitting this one out

Last edited 1 month ago by ADBMA
Reply to  ADBMA
1 month ago

MA needs to build a base right now for trials since he was training 50s until Worlds. I am not sure Doha 2024 was a good strategic move for him either. He won a silver medal but seems irrelevant compared to making the Olympic team. Now there’s no room for error.

Last edited 1 month ago by Hank
Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

May have a feeling Dressel will scratch this and go to the San Antonio one as it’s closer to Florida.

Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

The pro series? Not a good idea, he needs all the LC meets he can get after the break.

Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

It’s not closer…

Reply to  Beginner Swimmer at 25
1 month ago

The time before a baby is born is more stressful for the father than after. Once it is born, relatives swoop in to help. I am sure Dressel is ready to race this week.

1 month ago

I’m really hoping Oleksiak doesn’t scratch the meet again

Reply to  phelpsfan
1 month ago

I feel like if she does scratch again it’s time to assume either she won’t be swimming in Paris or at least she will be far off her best if she does

1 month ago

I doubt Jake Magahey strengthens the distance events. Maybe 200-400 but not 800-1500!

Mike Taylor
1 month ago

The Fosters still haven’t gotten back from Doha?!!!!

Reply to  Mike Taylor
1 month ago

Carson’s still finishing that 400IM

Pan Fan
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1 month ago


1 month ago

Good luck to all the HS swimmers just coming off of state especially the local ones.

1 month ago

Can’t wait for Dressel to scratch the 200 free and for both Hafnaoui and Oleksiak to just not show up at all

Johnson Swim school
Reply to  Swemmer
1 month ago

Stay optimistic

Reply to  Johnson Swim school
1 month ago

I think that is optimism for those guys at this point lol

Pan Fan
Reply to  Johnson Swim school
1 month ago

That’s optimistic bruh

Reply to  Swemmer
1 month ago

Did Hafnaoui make it through immigration?

1 month ago

Can’t wait for the seller of the century Shaine Casas to go a 50.00 at this meet

Reply to  Swemmer
1 month ago

In the B final too

Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

This time in the C final

1650 Onetrick
Reply to  alex
1 month ago

Time trialing after getting 37th in prelims

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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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