It’s hard to really say how to describe this video. It’s really unbelievable. The Bolles coaches, including Jason Calanog, who is Caeleb Dressel’s direct coach, and Sergio Lopez Miro, who is the Bolles head coach, put up the above video from a late night practice at Bolles, where in practice, he swam a 50 yard free that was timed between 18.9 and 19.0, depending on which coach’s hand-timing you trust the most.
While obviously not eligible for a National Age Group Record, despite him having just turned 17, that would knock four-tenths of a second off of Seth Stubblefield’s 17-18 NAG Record. If Dressel can swim a sub-19 in official competition at just 17, I’d go out on a limb and say that it’s the most impressive junior swim we’ve seen on the men’s side since at least the days of Michael Phelps and Daniel Gyurta’s 18 & under days.
Dressel will swim at the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships next week in Dubai, UAE, where he would only have to drop .07 seconds to get the record of Santo Condorelli.
We might be at just the beginning of his potential. Note that this is a swimmer who, at the World Championship Trials, had to time trial the 50 free, because he didn’t have the Nationals cut.
Thanks to Sergio Lopez Miro for posting this video, and thanks to Bolles alum Lauren Neidigh for pointing the video out to us.