Caeleb Dressel No-Shows 100 Free, Won’t Swim Any Primary Races at U.S. Open


There were a few big names that scratched out of races pre-session on Saturday at 2019 U.S. Open Championships, including Olympic gold medalist Ryan Held, who is sick, but those pre-session scratches paled in comparison to the list of big names who declared false starts or no-showed races on Saturday morning, leaving several empty lanes in the ‘A’ flight of the racing.

The biggest name to no-show a race is Caeleb Dressel, who sat out the 100 free, where he is the defending World Champion. Dressel did swim his other Saturday morning race, the 200 fly, where he posted a 1:59.37 to sit in 10th place after the ‘A’ flight of racing, which should leave him in the B final on Saturday evening. That 200 fly swim is about 3 seconds slower than his best.

Dressel was never entered in the 50 free at the meet, and also left an empty lane in prelims of the 100 fly, meaning that he didn’t race his 3 primary events at the meet. He did swim a 1:59.97 in the 200 IM and a 1:47.58 in the 200 free. Dressel is schedule to race at the ISL finale in 2 weeks for the Cali Condors, and so we’ll see then if this is simply a sign that he’s saving his winter rest for that meet, or if he’ll train straight through to Omaha.

On the women’s side, the big absence is Ella Eastin, who left empty lanes in both the 200 back and 200 fly, after leading 2 empty lanes in the 200 free and 100 back on Friday. She did swim her first 2 races of the meet, the 200 IM (6th – 2:13.26) and 400 IM (4:40.12), but has left empty lanes in all of her other races.

Other big names who scratched on Saturday morning:

  • Women’s 200 back – Alex Massey, Reilly Tiltmann, Olivia Smoliga, Ella Eastin
  • Men’s 200 back – Jeff Hewkirk, Destin Lasco, Gabriel Jett
  • Women’s 100 free – Claire Tuggle, Emily Overholt, Regan Smith, Lillie Nordmann, Amy Bilquist, Katie Ledecky, Natalie Mannion, Paige Hall, Meghan Lynch, Gracie Weyant, Tayla Lovemore, Maddie Banic
  • Men’s 100 free – Caeleb Dressel, Luca Urlando, Ryan Lochte, Jorge Iga,
  • Women’s 200 breast – Bethany Galat, Kate Douglass
  • Men’s 200 breast – Gabe Mastromatteo, Nils Wich-Glasen, Richard Funk, Tomas Peribonio
  • Women’s 200 fly – Erica Sullivan, Grace Sheble, Emily Overholt, Ella Eastin
  • Men’s 200 fly – Nicolas Albiero, Cole Pratt, Khader Baqlah, Tomas Peribonio

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Ol’ Longhorn
1 year ago

Huh. So I guess he’s not going for gold in the 200 IM and 200 fly. A mere mortal.

Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
1 year ago

He swam 200 fly

Reply to  Heyitsme
1 year ago

No PRIMARY races… Oh I miss the GOAT MP breaking world records with a full beard on his face… Long live the king!!

Swimmer A
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

I don’t think MP had a beard on his face for any of his 39 world records. Though, that’s impart because he was a kid when he started breaking them.

Reply to  Swimmer A
1 year ago

Can we please stop with the Dressel/MP comparisons. They aren’t even similar breeds of swimmer. MP was a mid D workhorse, and probably the most versatile swimmer ever. Caeleb is more or a pure sprinter. These comparisons make no sense, and are usually made either by the casual public, or people who like to rag on Dressel because he’s not as versatile as MP (which to be fair, is a pushback to the people who went overboard with LCM predictions after Dressel’s SCY times in the 200im etc).

Anyways, pls stop with the nonsense comparisons to MP lmao.

Michael Mooney
Reply to  Sheen
1 year ago

If CD gets WR’s ..Could be Greatest Sprinter.. MP just overall by far the Greatest!!!

Reply to  Swimmer A
1 year ago

He broke the 200 fly once on a Grand Prix if I’m not mistaken, had full beard and a LZR suit on.

Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

I don’t think Phelps could grow beards back then.

swim facts
Reply to  Swimmer A
1 year ago

He did back in 2007 in the 200fly at the Missouri Grand Prix, wearing and fs pro textile.

Reply to  Swimmer A
1 year ago

Phelps has a beard for his 200 fly world record at the U of Missouri..

1 year ago

NS or DFS in the 100 free? If a NS, how did he get to swim the 2fly?

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