Caeleb Dressel on 39.9 100 Free: “I was tired” (Video)

Reported by Jared Anderson.


Top 8 finishers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida – 39.90
  2. Ryan Held, NC State – 41.08
  3. Justin Ress, NC State – 41.49
  4. Blake Pieroni, Indiana – 41.51
  5. Jacob Molacek, NC State – 41.55
  6. Townley Haas, Texas – 41.67
  7. Tate Jackson, Texas – 41.81
  8. Santo Condorelli, USC – 42.34

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel did it one more time, breaking the 40-second barrier for the first time in history with a 39.90 to win his last individual title of a storied NCAA career. Dressel was out in 18.9 to his feet and returned in 20.9 to finish that 39-second swim.

NC State had a killer showing behind Dressel’s spectacle. Ryan Held was 41.08, dropping a hundredth from this morning’s relay split to move up and tie Nathan Adrian for #5 all-time in the event. Interestingly enough, Adrian was on hand to present the medals in this race.

Held’s teammate Justin Ress was third in 41.49 and will be the fastest returner next year. Indiana’s Blake Pieroni wound up fourth in 41.51, just touching out the last of the Wolfpack trioJacob Molacek, who was 41.55.

Texas’s two swimmers each moved up a spot, with Townley Haas taking 6th and Tate Jackson 7th. They’re looking like the top threat to NC State in tonight’s 400 free relay.

USC’s Santo Condorelli was 8th.

In the B final, Auburn’s Zach Apple blasted a 41.36 to win by a wide margin with ‘Bama’s Robert Howard 10th.

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Steve Nolan

So was I, tbh.


That’s a surprise. His triple (50 free gold (21.15), 100 fly gold (49.86), 47.22 100 free lead off) in Budapest was the most impressive single day performance I’ve ever seen. I would think this schedule would be easier? I’m not sure though, maybe someone who knows more about swimming can answer that.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

Well he had to swim 50 free 4 times in 1 day, 100 fly 2 times in one day, 100 free 4 times in one day. Ow.


Plus he swam in all prelims and finals in all 4 relays he was in.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

Not plus. I added that in.


He did 50 free four times 100 free once 100 breast, then 2 100 flys and 2 fifties again, then 4 100s again


He didn’t have to swim in the morning that day. At NCAAs he has to swim all out in the mornings sonflorida makes the relay finals. And then all out again at night. He said in an interview that worlds was much easier than NCAAs.


This was the last of 3 days that were full of swimming for Baeleb. At NCAAs he’s got 4-6 swims per day for 3 days straight, whereas in Budapest he had a much more spread out schedule. Doing one triple is easier than doing triple twice and then two doubles twice.


I’ve swam ncaa’s, 3rd day is exhausting. The emotional/physical output and ncaa’s is like no other meet. Swimming record times almost every single swim…some have said that they were disappointed that he didn’t go a 38….ummmm what? Remarkable young man.


Worlds is also twice as long of a meet giving more time to recover physically and mentally even with the semi swims added in. With the semis added in I think he only swam a few hundred more than the total here here (though someone should correct me if I’m wrong), and having 4 extra days to swim 300ish extra is a lot of extra rest time worked on. Plus the team aspect of NCAAs is tiring


That meet was also spread out to a week while NCAA’s was only 3 days (for him).


Caleb Dressel is a good swimmer.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

Oh, I thought he sucked.


You are not worthy.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

Oh, I thought he was a terrible swimmer.

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo

Oh, I’m bad at sarcasm.


Yes, you are.


I am not worthy.

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