Caeleb Dressel Re-Breaks His 15-16 200 Freestyle NAG Record

The Bolles Schools’ Caeleb Dressel has had a very fast season. He broke several 15-16 national age group records at the World Championship Trials in June in Indianapolis, setting the 200 freestyle record at 1:49.83.

Today, Dressel broke his national age group record in Irvine, California at the Junior National Championships. He won the B-final of the men’s 200 freestyle crushing his previous time with a 1:48.64. His time from finals would have won the event, but he swam a 1:51.69 in the morning prelim session, narrowly missing the championship final.

Dressel already had the top spot on USA Swimming’s Junior World Championship Selection List. Previously, he tied with Dynamo Swim Club’s Gunnar Bentz. Bentz, who also swam a 1:49.83 at the World Championship Trials in June. Today, Dressel moved ahead to claim the number one spot on the list, but Bentz was also able to improve his time to 1:49.57.

Because Dressel was not in the championship final heat, Gunnar Bentz is the new Junior National Champion in the men’s 200 freestyle. Bentz was followed by Blake Pieroni of Duneland Swim Club and Alexander Katz of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks.

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C Martin

“Because Dressel was not in the championship final heat, Gunnar Bentz is the new Junior National Champion in the men’s 200 freestyle.” Sigh.

Congrats to Caeleb on a great swim. Looking forward to his 50 tomorrow.

sean justice

You have to swim fast in the morning… is no secret


Not if your primary goals are to qualify for Jr Worlds and break a NAG record.

Swim fast in the morning!!! 🙁 What a shame, you country could have missed out on GOLD!
Great swimmer, but needs to listen to his coach or it may cost them dearly!


There is NO shame in going 1:48 as a 16 yo. None. Would you rather have a Jr Nat title or a NAG and meet record? What ever will he do without his medal and teddy bear?!

John Sampson

I wonder if he will focus on the 50/100 or 100/200 in the future. It would be amazing if he could make his mark in the 50/100/200 all at the same time. When is the last time that has happened? It seems almost rare to do the 50&200

Kevin T

I agree, when was the last time we had someone world class in the 50, 100, and 200? Matt Biondi comes to mind. Biondi was also a 100 fly specialist. Maybe Dressel can do the same thing. It surely seems possible.

bobo gigi

Impossible. You will not beat Cielo or Manaudou in the 50 free if you train to beat Agnel in the 200 free.
In my opinion, Mr Dressel has the perfect combination speed/endurance to be a star in the 100 free.

Kevin T

Bobo, you make a valid point. It would be very hard to train for the 50 and 100 and also to be top notch in the 200. I still say he could do something with the 200. He is still so young he could even do something with the 100 fly. Someday, perhaps.


Matt Biondi was the last time?

Has everyone really forgotten Van Den Hoogenband?

He was commentator and interviewer in the just finished world championships.

Or how about Klim who medaled in 50/100/200 free in 1998 worlds and broke WRs in both 100 free and fly?


You know your stuff, though I knew those two as well. Are there any on the women’s side? I can only think of Trickett in recent years, ranked number 1 in all three events AFTER the 2005 World Championships, though she never had success in the individual 200. I personally can’t help wondering if Cate Campbell is capable of a good 200 with her long, slow stroke, even if she has always been a pure sprinter so far.


Yes, Trickett finished 1st in the 2005 ranking in both 100-200, but her 24.59 win at 2005 Montreal was actually second in the end of year ranking in the 50 free after Alice Mills.

Trickett also won 50-100 and came close second in 200 at 2006 commonwealth games during a very hectic 8 events.

Inge De Bruijn also had great 200, but she was not able to show it often because the Netherlands did not have good 4×200.

Kevin T

Ah yes VDHB, of course!


One of the biggest talent out there ! Happy to hear such a time on 200 free !

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