Caeleb Dressel: “I’ve had nightmares about that race” (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland.

Caeleb Dressel“It feels good, especially with good company. There’s a lot of really fast guys in that heat. I just have to work on my last 25m in the next few weeks. We’ll look over the schedule and figure out what we need to do to represent USA the best I can. If your focus is set on one race at a time, all of your energy is going to go into that one race – that’s what really helps me … moving along and going with the flow.”

MEN’S 50 FREE FINALS

  • American Record: Nathan Adrian, 21.37, 2015
  • U.S. Open Record: Cesar Cielo, 21.14, 2009
  • LC National Meet Record: Nathan Adrian/Garrett Weber-Gale, 21.47, 2013/2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 22.47
  1. Caeleb Dressel, BSS, 21.53
  2. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 21.87
  3. Cullen Jones, WOLF, 21.89

Caeleb Dressel had it from the start, exploding into his breakout with an advantage and never relinquishing it, winning the men’s 50 in a time of 21.53 to equal his best time done at the 2015 Nationals in San Antonio. This is his third win of the meet, and he now has four individual events qualified for Worlds plus a ton of potential relays. Dressel now sits 3rd in the world in this event, trailing Ben Proud (GBR) and Vladimir Morozov (RUS).

Nathan Adrian edged out Cullen Jones for the second spot, touching in 21.87 to Jones’ 21.89 to join Dressel as the U.S. representatives in the sprint free events this summer. Jones has a second consecutive 3rd place finish in this event, as he finished in the same position last year in Omaha.

Auburn’s Zach Apple finished off his breakout meet with another best time in the 50, clocking 22.00 for 4th, and Michael Andrew arguably had his best swim of the meet taking 5th in 22.03 shortly after swimming the 200 IM. 2016 Olympic champ Anthony Ervin took 6th in 22.09, and Michael Chadwick (22.10) and Ryan Held (22.42) rounded out the A-final.

2016 Trials finalist Dillon Virva (22.21) and Cal commit Ryan Hoffer (22.71) won the B and C-finals.

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We may see a new American record set in this event by Dressel in Budapest. He looked very strong this past week. I still believe he has room to drop.

The Dressler

This guy knew.

Skoorbnagol

Lot of heat when this kid went to Florida, does anyone generally think he would of gone any faster or considerable slower in any/all events if he had gone to cal/Texas/USC/NC all the places people said he should.
My opinion as long as he jelled with the coach and was happy give or take 0.01 here or there he would be the same.
Not to take anything away from Florida by saying that, they have done an outstanding job with him, but he seems an incredible athletes who can do anything when he puts his focus and mind to it.

I think his mindset of him being a swimmer, and not a sprinter or a one event wonder – has a lot of to do with it. I’m wondering if growing up and watching Phelps and Lochte, dominate events with versatility had a lot to do with it.

Troy has said that Dressel has Lochte-level talent, and he’s talking about multi-event, multi-stroke domination. No surprise that he won the 100 fly at NCAAs and at Trials with his finish, since he’s coached by the guy (Nesty) who had the second best (Phelps v Cavic being #1) finish in 100 fly in Olympic history.

I think each of those schools would’ve had a minor impact on how he performed and even to some degree what events he focused on.(wouldn’t be surprised if he had gone to Texas if the 200 free would’ve been a larger focus for him then it is now) But I have a hard time believing that this guy would be anything but successful wherever he went.

Definitely Not Sun Yang

Sounds like a pretty tame nightmare.

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