Caeleb Dressel Entered In 6 Events At 2023 Atlanta Classic


  • Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14, 2023
  • McAuley Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • LCM (50 meters)
  • Meet Central
  • Psych Sheets

Psych sheets have been posted for the 2023 Atlanta Classic, which gives us the first peak at what the World Record holders in attendance might be swimming. That list of superstar swimmers includes Canadian wunder-teen Summer McIntosh, 7-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky, and the return to competition of Caeleb Dressel, who will race for the first time since leaving last year’s World Championships mid-meet.

Dressel is entered in six races, though given the circumstance and his history, it’s unlikely that he’ll swim all six.

Dressel’s Entries:

  • 200 free (1:47.58 – #3 seed)
  • 100 fly (53.75 – #5 seed)
  • 200 fly (1:58.45 – #2 seed)
  • 50 free (22.13 – #2 seed)
  • 200 IM (1:59.97 – #2 seed)
  • 100 free (49.80 – #6 seed)

Note: we have ignored incorrect seed times in the listing above, which is why those rankings might not match what’s on the psych sheets.

In his primary events, the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly, he is seeded with less-than-best times, though his personal bests would make him the top seed in each of those races.

Dressel has been back in the pool training in 2023, but after a long break away from the sport, and with such a veil of privacy around him over the last year, there is tons of anticipation and curiosity about where Dressel will be in his results.

Ledecky, who also trains in the pro group at the University of Florida, has a more modest three-event entry list, paring down her event list a little as Trials approach. She will race the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles, her three primary events, though she’s not entered in the 1500 free. She skipped that race at the most recent Pro Swim in Fort Lauderdale too, and it’s an event where she’s still essentially unchallenged globally.

McIntosh, the 16-year-old Canadian who is training with the Sarasota Sharks in Florida, will also be in attendance. The incredibly-versatile McIntosh is back in action for the first time since breaking World Records in the 400 IM and 400 free at Canadian Trials just over a month ago.

McIntosh won’t swim either event this week in Atlanta, though – and in fact, will avoid all head-to-head matchups with Ledecky – though the women’s 400 free between the two and others is one of the most-anticipated races of the summer’s World Championships.

McIntosh’s Entries:

  • 100 Breast (1:10.39 – #5 seed)
  • 100 Fly (57.92 – #1 seed)
  • 50 Free (26.27 – #9 seed)
  • 100 Back (1:00.25 – #1 seed)
  • 200 Breast (2:29.56 – #3 seed)
  • 200 Back (2:07.15 – #1 seed)

While she won’t swim any of the races in which she’s likely to break a World Record this year, her six-event lineup brings an almost more-intriguing set of swims to the meet, given its non-championship nature.

She’s going to swim a lot of races that she hasn’t swum in a while, and ones that people are very curious to see her abilities in. For example, there has been some wondering from the public about whether she could be Canada’s solution on the breaststroke leg of an otherwise-lethal medley relay.

There has also been a lot of interest in her abilities in the 200 back after swimming some previously unheard of backstroke splits on her record-setting IMs earlier this year.

Her seed time in the 50 free, as another example, is actually the opening 50 split from her 100 free at March’s Pro Swim in Fort Lauderdale.

Other Big Names Scheduled to Swim in Atlanta:

Among the other big names attending are Josh Liendo after a big Canadian Trials meet, and Zane Grothe, who has sent some ambiguous messages about his future in the sport. Grothe is entered in the three shortest freestyle events at the meet, though he’s best known as a distance swimmer.

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11 months ago

Long live the king

Tracy Kosinski
11 months ago

Happy to see Caleb back and so happy for Summer having the opportunity to swim her ‘off’ events. Very exciting to think of the times she post and where she’ll place.

I think she’ll take everything but the 100 BR. Although, I think she could take the 50 FR, or at least medal in it.

11 months ago

Summer is practically swimming all the other events outside of her main events😂 can’t wait to see how she’ll do!

Dressel GOAT
11 months ago

, it’s time for a SwimSwam Breakdown.

11 months ago

Don’t forget to watch out for Tyson Huynh he is on the come up!

11 months ago

A Dressel comeback, Dressel and McIntosh both swimming rarely swum off-events, and the long-awaited Dressel vs Liendo showdown? All in an Olympic pool.. man oh man, what a ‘mid-season’ meet!

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
11 months ago

Yep and now it’s confirmed he is back next week and I would be very surprised if he is not on the trial next month

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
11 months ago

I’d be surprised if dressel swam any off events

11 months ago

Only real ones know about the golden rule that you can never be disappointed if you just make up your entry times 😎

11 months ago

If Summer hits the FINA B in 50 free and 100br she’d have hit all FINA A or B standards for Fukuoka in Olympic events. By the season’s end she may hit the A in all events…unheard of…?

Reply to  Ldn
11 months ago

I have a feeling Hosszu might have done it in the mid 2010s, I can’t think anyone else recently who could have.

Reply to  Ldn
11 months ago

I believe Natalie Coughlin had the A standard in every event headed into the 2000 Trials before she got hurt.

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