Caeleb Dressel Plays Swim Nerd Analyst On The ISCA International Cup

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comBig announcement!  Olympic swimming champion Caeleb Dressel  will be producing another Dressel Dissects video, and it will be his 100 scm IM World Record from the ISL. So, stay tuned. He feels guilty for not producing one for awhile, but he assured me that episode is coming. See his YouTube channel here.

Caeleb was nice enough to drop-in for 15 minutes of conversation, and he unpacks his ISCA meet swims.  If you missed it, ISCA ran yards in the morning and meters at night. Caeleb popped a 1:40 200 yard fly and 3:44 400 IM just to let you know he still loves yards, and he was happy with his 48.8 100 meters free. He felt those swims were on-point for in-season races.

I tried to get to him to say he could drop a 1:36+ 200 yard fly shaven and suited, but he wouldn’t go there. I think he’s got that swim if he wants it. What do you think?

Caeleb’s got a mutual partner, SPIRE Academy, and he has high praise for their upcoming summer camps. You can see them here to sign up.

I play the U.S. Olympic Trials prediction game, but I’m going to play again after the Mission Pro Swim as well. My predictions might change a little. I think I played it too safe below. I’m curious if commenters will change their predictions between now and next week.


Dressel is the master at double tapers. His Olympics will be faster than the US Trials. BUT AT TRIALS I SEE:

  • 50 free – 21.3 (maybe a little slow)
  • 100 free – 47 point 2
  • 100 fly – 49 point 9

I want Caeleb to swim the 200 free, at least in prelims. I don’t know if he will. If he does, I see a 1:45 point 8 or 9, enough speed to show he’s a strong option for the 4×200 US relay. But who cares what I think? It is all about  what you think. Give me your best swimming analysis.

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2 months ago

For trials:

21.25 50 free
47.33 100 free
49.86 100 fly

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 months ago

I think you’re right on unless someone does something way unexpected in the last pro series meet (it won’t happen, but say Held — or any of the guys — does a 47.8 100 free or Rooney does a 50.6 in fly) to prompt a little more rest than planned.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 months ago

I think he is going to go faster than 19 worlds he is pro only going to pop an insane time because the week after isca the meet Caeleb was at I was there and I sucked the pool was shallow and awful he will go much faster in mission

Mr Piano
2 months ago

I hope Dressel rests a little bit more for Trials than he did for 2017 US Nationals and 2019 Mission Viejo meet. The 100 free is gonna be fast. Held was 47.3 in 2019, couple others were 47.6, Pieroni is looking really good right now, don’t take a risk and save too much of your taper for Tokyo.

Really excited to see his swims this week.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 months ago

I think you’re right, Dressel has the greatest base of any sprinter alive, not only does this give him the ability to be fast throughout an entire week, it should get him great longevity as well.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

Rick Demont would like a word. Dressel as active sprinter.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 months ago

Since 2008, Troy has put Beisel, Caroline Burckle, Dressel, Dwyer, Lochte, and Vanderkaay on U.S. Olympic teams, and every one of them has swam faster at the Olympics. Troy knows how to nail that double taper and has the track record to prove it. All Caeleb (and Ryan, for that matter) has to do is swim fast enough to get his hand on the wall first or second in his events and he will swim faster in Tokyo. I do think he will swim the 200 free, especially since the 800 free relay has less overlap with his other events than he’s had at Worlds in the past.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Aquajosh
2 months ago

Pretty much every top tier U.S. swimmer — male and female — swam faster at the Olympics than OTs since 2008. It wasn’t a Troy thing. And frankly, Lochte underperformed to expectations in his 2012 Olympics after his 400 IM death march.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

Go back and look at the individual results just from 2016 Trials and from Rio. Out of 13 events each for a total of 26 individual swims, 10 of the women’s swims and 12 of the men’s were faster in finals at Olympic Trials than finals at the Olympics, including all four 200 breaststrokes and 3/4ths of swims in the 100 fly with Vollmer being the lone exception. I don’t think 42% is an insignificant number.

Sun Yangs Hammer
2 months ago

He looks like he got out of the pool two minutes before

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