Caeleb Dressel Scratches 100 Free Final as #2 Seed in Orlando


Caeleb Dressel has scratched the A-Final of the men’s 100 free on Saturday, the final day of the 2016 Arena Pro Swim Series at Orlando.

Dressel was the 2nd-fastest swimmer in the preliminary rounds, posting a 49.20 to sit within a tenth of a second of the top qualifier, Italy’s Luca Dotto (49.12).

Even with no other swims for the final, though, Dressel scratched out of the final.

With the NCAA Championships now just three weeks away, Dressel still has an important short course meet before he can turn his efforts fully to long course and qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team. After breaking the American Records in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyles at the SEC Championships, Dressel has entered the conversation for not only a national placing in Omaha, but an international placing in Rio.

His scratch will bump North Carolina State post-grad Caleb Weir, a former University of Texas swimmer, into the A-Final. He swam 49.66 in prelims.

Other A and B final scratches

  • 200 IM – Regan Barney and Becca Mann both scratched out of low B-final seeds in the women’s 200 IM. That ends Mann’s meet, as she has no other swims on Saturday evening, including no entry in the 800 free. For the 16-year old Barney, meanwhile, she’ll still have a B-Final swim in the 200 backstroke, which is a higher-rated list in her event lineup.
  • 200 back – Swedish National Teamer Henriette Stenkist ended her meet early after scratching out of the B-Final in the 200 back. Her absence will bump 18-year old Venezuelan Carla Gonzalez into the


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8 years ago

i don’t know why people are still sleeping on dressel in the 100 free. Last summer didn’t count, he was still lagging from that break. To me, based on his background, he has to be faster than Jo in the 100 free. Schooling went a 48.53 or something like that at the azn games. Dressel will be 47.9 And if you remember that race at junior worlds where he stepped up and won a tough race, he will be alright. Dressel is a fighter, he will be swimming 50 and 100 free in Rio and play a criticle role on the 4 by 1 free relay.

8 years ago

That’s a big disappointment. The home crowd I’m sure would have been looking forward to it. Was any reason given?

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8 years ago

maybe he wanted to get back to school…? he is a full time student first ya know

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