Caeleb Dressel Scratches 200 Fly on Day 3 Prelims of U.S. Olympic Trials

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Caeleb Dressel dropped his only event on day 3 of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II,  the 200 fly. He seems to be resting up for his other races ( the 100 free, 200 IM, 100 fly, 50 free) because he scratched the 200 free semifinals last night.

The women’s 200 free had the most scratches from top swimmers. 6th seed Madisyn Cox and 13th seed Melanie Margalis scratched the 200 free to focus on the 200 IM. They’re seeded 1-3, respectively, in the 200 IM. 14th seed Mallory Comerford and 23rd seed Katie Drabot also scratched. This was Comerford’s only event of the morning, but she is the 2nd seed in the 100 free on Thursday, while Drabot holds the #3 seed in the 200 fly tomorrow.

In the 200 IM, #24 seed Phoebe Bacon dropped the event. This was her only prelims race of the day, but she will have the 100 back final tonight.

Today will be the first day in U.S. Olympic history that we will see the women 1500 free contested at Olympic Trials. 8th seed Leah Smith scratched the event to focus on the 200 free where she is ranked 7th. Emma Weyant (#23), Claire Weinstein (#33) and Erin Gemmell (#34) followed suit to focus on the 200 free.

All Event Scratches in Top 40

Women’s 200 free

Men’s 200 Fly

Women’s 200 IM

Women’s 1500 Free

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Thomas
1 month ago

Caeleb’s 2 fly would’ve been cool. He’s an easy 1:54 high in my opinion. Probably a good bet for second place if Luca is on.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Thomas
1 month ago

Luca’s on based on his 200 free, and it gets so old to conjecture the what ifs about Dressel. He’d give Peaty a race in the 100 breast. He’d go 1:43 in the 200 free. He’d break the WR in the 2 IM. Come on. You either swim them or you don’t. We didn’t go around conjecturing what Phelps would do — BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY SWAM SO MANY EVENTS — from back, to free, to fly, to IM, to distance, to sprint, to even 2 f’in breast.

Stewie
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

👆this

Bignowhere
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Mostly with Phelps we speculated how fast he would be if he didn’t have to conserve his energy.

Barker
Reply to  Bignowhere
1 month ago

True. We would also speculate how fast he would be in non existent events like the 400 fly just because he already had swam everything… good times😪.

Penguin
1 month ago

I wish I had the foresight, planning, and discipline of Dressel. My tattoos are a mess compared to that beautiful sleeve.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

Well, to be fair he’s gone back and redone it. I seem to remember he had some parts removed and redone to have it all completed by the same artist.

Penguin
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Always wondered how he did that. you need some serious time out of the pool to do a full sleeve.

Penguin
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

We may see more after tokyo

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

I think I’ve seen interviews where he’s said he just wraps it up a ton using saran wrap, but I’m not 100% sure.

Penguin
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

Wow, I believe you, but Id be surprised. Most artists would highly recommend against that.

CoachJonDavid
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

I asked him at ISCA over the summer what he did to protect it before getting in the water, as he was applying a ton of white paste. He said baby butt paste works the best! lol

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
1 month ago

totally correct , there was an Eagle he wanted to be redone and reshaped into a Bigger tattoo a few years back ( 2017 or 2018 ) if my memory is not mistaken

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Penguin
1 month ago

A far cry from the bible verses on the face.

LBJ
1 month ago

I wonder if he feels like he needs more rest to “comfortably” secure an individual spot in the 100. Scratching the 200 free was surprising, but with scratching the 200 fly as well he gets 2 days rest into the 100

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  LBJ
1 month ago

He might well work on the 200 free between now and Tokyo – aiming at a spot for the relay ( the Olympic Coaches can still decide to put him on it if they feel the Team needs his addition to complete a balanced quartet ) . The 200 fly was obviously not a priority at all .

AvidSwimFan
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

And with the way the 200 free is looking, we will need Dressel in the relay.

Tiago
Reply to  AvidSwimFan
1 month ago

I was expecting (hoping?) he would go for it in prelims and then scratch. After the race, it didnt seem like he had really pushed much outside of beating Seliskar. I guess the messaging of “i had more if i needed it” is almost as good as going all out and ‘only’ dropping a 1:45 high. It looks like the depth/top end times are going to play in his favor, that they can still rely on him for finals, but I was originally concerned that the 1:46 high was likely on a morning relay swim spot and that made little sense for him to swim outside of saving a spot for someone else in another event.
A counter argument… Read more »

Dan
Reply to  Tiago
1 month ago

Here’s my 2 cents. Dressel wanted to compete, but realized that he wasn’t guaranteed gold.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  LBJ
1 month ago

Despite what others said, I didn’t think his 200 free looked “controlled,” I though he was struggling. I think he and Troy recalibrated what they were getting from their partial taper and felt best to solely focus on the main events. He can always time trial a 200 free at camp. They did that for the 100 free for the relay last time around.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

I thought that Dressel was using the 200 to “dip his toes in the water” like he said before. I think it was just to get off the blocks in before his main events.

Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

I’m afraid of Dressel’s chances to make the team at this point.

Landen
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Who is beating him In the 100 fly

Cate
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

You’re kidding.

swimfan210_
1 month ago

Smoliga is still in the 200 free.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  swimfan210_
1 month ago

She’s had really good 200’s (both back and free) for her this year. She can go 1:56 for sure.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

So Leah Smith still got the 800 for a spot . She looked a bit sad not to get the 400 one …which is understandable , new fresh faces are rising up left and right on the women’s side .

Random123
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
1 month ago

Kinda.. but really it was just not a good swim from Smith and some others unfortunately. door was wide open with that 2nd place time

Apathetic
Reply to  Random123
1 month ago

Agreed. She was 4:04.8 already this year, which is exactly what Madden went to sneak in for 2nd.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Apathetic
1 month ago

Nobody sneaks into a US Olympic swim team spot. Each and every spot is well earned. The races happen this week. Times from last month matters the same as a year ago, which is not at all. Paige Madden earned it.

VA Steve
Reply to  Apathetic
1 month ago

Madden didn’t sneak in she raced in. I suspect if Smith had gone 4:04 Madden would have gone 4:02. Obvious during NCAAs this year.

Last edited 1 month ago by VA Steve
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  VA Steve
1 month ago

Yeah, but if Smith would’ve matched her best time of 4:00, she would’ve crushed Madden even at 4:02. You can play the what-ifs all you want.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Random123
1 month ago

Yeah, it’s not the fresh faces that are knocking of the Smith’s and Dahlias. They’re just not matching their best times. I mean Smith went 4:00 at OT’s last go round.

Just Saying
1 month ago

I believe it was 200 free Mallory scratched, not 2 IM?

Nonrevhoofan
1 month ago

Anyone know if Haley Anderson or Ashley Twichell qualify in the 1500 whether they count toward 26 since they are already on the open water team?

DLSwim
Reply to  Nonrevhoofan
1 month ago

I think the marathon ows is considered a different discipline so it doesn’t count.