At the Junior World Championships, where he was crowned the world’s fastest 18 & under male (give or take), Caeleb Dressel told our Colin Blair that during his senior year of high school, he really wanted to explore other events outside of his primary 50, 100, and 200 freestyles.
In his first meet for Clay High School (Dressel swims for the Bolles club team, but attends a public high school), Dressel swam a 47.3 in the 100 yard fly. Depending on which events he chooses to swim at the Florida State Championship meet, the possibilities are unbelievable. Note that his Bolles club, but not high school, teammate Joe Schooling holds the National High School Record in the 100 yard fly with a 46.50.
With the Florida High School State Championship meet being among the first of the major state championships, in mid-November, Dressel has a shot at several National High School Records. That includes David Nolan’s public/overall record in the 100 yard free (42.34), Vlad Morozov’s public/overall high school record in the 50 free (19.43); Connor Black’s public high school record in the 100 yard fly (46.71), Schooling’s overall high school record in the 100 yard fly (46.50), and maybe even Tom Shields’ public and overall high school records in the 200 yard free (1:33.83).
His best times are currently 19.82, 43.29, and 1:35.51 in the 50-200 yard freestyles, plus that 47.3 in the 100 yard fly.
Dressel is the defending Florida 2A High School Champion in the 100 yard free (44.10) and 100 yard back (50.08).
We’re trying to track down full results from the meet, but know that Dressel also went a 48 in his 100 yard back.