Caeleb Dressel Nearly Even-Splits a 48.4 100 Meter Free in Prelims

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After his funky splitting in the 200 fly on Saturday evening, American swimmer Caeleb Dressel had more interesting splits on Saturday morning in the 100 free.

En route to a 48.45 top-qualifying spot in the 100 free, Dressel split 24.10/24.35 – just a quarter-of-a-second spread between his first 50 and his second 50.

For some context on that, Dean Farris, the only other swimmer under 50 seconds in prelims, split 23.81/26.12 – a 2.31 second spread. In Bloomington at the Pro Swim Series, winner Zach Apple on Saturday evening split 23.55/25.32 (48.76) for a 1.88-second spread. In fact, the smalles spread in the Bloomington A-final was 1.33 seconds – by Robert Howard (23.88/25.21 = 49.09).

Comparing Dressel back to himself, at last year’s Pan Pacific Championships, where he finished tied for 2nd in a similar time of 48.22, he was out in 22.96 and back in 25.16. That 2.20 second spread was actually significantly larger than the two swimmers who finished ahead of him, so this close-splitting is out of character for his racing.

The hope, from an analyst’s perspective, will be to see him go full-out for the first 50 in finals (if he hangs around – swimmers don’t always race Sunday evening finals) so that we can make a comparison between the two and see which resulted in a faster overall time.

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seans
2 years ago

Unrelated to the article, BUT…. SwimSwam – Have you heard any more news as to when the US rosters for the ISL will be released? ISL was hinting on instagram last night that they were coming very soon, has there been any news since the last article? Based on the teams, Michael Andrew is obviously on the NY Breakers and I’m about 99% sure that Caeleb Dressel and John Shebat are on Jason Lezak’s Cali Condors in San Francisco. Any ideas on when the full teams will be released?

Pvdh
Reply to  seans
2 years ago

I think that’s the team Cody is on too. I think He said in one of his videos that news was coming soon

C Hellmold
2 years ago

Me

joec
2 years ago

What’s the fastest second 50 ever? This has to be up there.

Crannman
Reply to  joec
2 years ago

The GOAT split 23.31 / 24.20 on his lead-off in Beijing, suspect that’s the fastest second fifty or at least very close.

Pvdh
Reply to  Crannman
2 years ago

What about Lezaks second 50?

Mike
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Chalmers split 24.24 in Rio

Crannman
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Him and Phelps swim the 100m free extremely similarly; easy speed out and hammer it on the way home.

Crannman
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Lezak split 21.50 / 24.56 on his 46.06.

Reply to  Crannman
2 years ago

am I the only one who saw these Lezak splits and immediately thought “… that seems in the ballpark for Dressel flat start”

The Ready Room
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
2 years ago

Despite the vote ratio no, you are not

Horninco
Reply to  Crannman
2 years ago

Where do you find the splits?

Horninco
Reply to  Crannman
2 years ago

In my best Rowdy voice
“He’s a back half swimmer, you know he’s got that speed”

Teddy
Reply to  joec
2 years ago

Doubt anyone has been under 24 before.

Feel like he might do something crazy like that or a 47 low tonight.

Oldbae
Reply to  joec
2 years ago

When I think of comparatively fast second half I think of Hanser Garcia, solely because his starts were terrible but he insanely fast on top of the water

Observer
2 years ago

Not sure how rest Caeleb Ferris is, but we’re about to witness a 46 second race VEEERY soon…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Observer
2 years ago

He is doing Magic things with Troy so far …..

Observer
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

According to unreliable sources they’re set to taper only for the 2024 trials

MR FLY
2 years ago

One has to feel that this man is gonna shatter a WR sooner or later, just a matter of time. His in-season timings are just ridiculous.

PACFAN
2 years ago

The world record set by Cesar Cielo is 46.91! Dressel is nowhere close!!!! The SwimSwam media Is dishonest and the true enemy of the people! The FAILING Caeleb Remel Dressel In-season Times are full of Fake and Dishonest Swimming! 24.1 first 50 is almost 3 seconds slower than his best time in the 50m freestyle! His 200 butterfly? Well off the 1:51.51 WR set by TRUE American Patriot Michael Phelps! No collusion between myself and Texas MS&D! Total Witch-hunt!!!

Sad!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  PACFAN
2 years ago

stay Sad while we enjoy ….no problem .

FLSwimmer
Reply to  PACFAN
2 years ago

Are you alright?

Anonymoose
Reply to  PACFAN
2 years ago

Finally some content!

Swammer
Reply to  PACFAN
2 years ago

You are pretty wrong but I chuckled. Good job.

Tm71
Reply to  PACFAN
2 years ago

Nice try in being humorous and sarcastic but hopefully not inviting unnecessary political arguments.
Factually: 1) Caleb isn’t really that far off Cielo’s suit aided recorded (kind of like wind aided in track and field).
2) MP is the best of all time and there will never be another MP in out lifetime. Comparing anyone to MP is a failing exercise (like most newspapers)
3) As mentioned by others Dressel isn’t a 200 fly swimmer, he is swimming this to help him have an unbeatable second 50 in his 100 fly and 100 free races as well as to be considered for the 4×2 free
4) Dressel like Ledecky, Murphy, Manuel and now Lilly king are… Read more »

PACFAN
Reply to  PACFAN
2 years ago

I’m just goofin’ around boys! I think he’s winning 8 medals in Tokyo. Fax.

Shanookers
2 years ago

Somebody please videotape the finals, for our sake

Ryan
Reply to  Shanookers
2 years ago

Please swimswam. We know you’re there ok

ytho
2 years ago

47.69 for tonight

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