Caeleb Dressel Swims 19.0 50 Yard Free in Practice a Week Ahead of Junior Worlds

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.

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This is absolutely absurd!! If he gets down to let’s say an 18.8, that would be comparable to Gyurta’e 2:10.8 200 breast as a 14 y/0. Incredible, one of the best 18 unders in history. Period.


Oh, and quick prediction for Dubai: 21.9 50 and a 48.7 100

Nice prediction!In 50 free, he will not be alone.Russian Sedov made 22.05 and 22.06 this year in 50free.

Crazy times we are living right now.


Before this, I was skeptical if he can swim sub 22 in Dubai, but seeing the video…wowww.. I have to upgrade my estimation of him

bobo gigi

I don’t think he will swim under 22 and under 49 in Dubai. It’s too early. Next summer yes. But perhaps I’m wrong and I will be happy to be wrong. 🙂


For sure Dressel is going to break 49.2 in Dubai. If you watch his video of race at JR’s in Irvine where he went 49.28 in prelims, he clearly glides into turn and lifts his head and he coasted at the finish. If he swims his own race (without Santo next to him) and hits everything perfectly, he will be a sub 49 this year.

Coach Hammond MSST

I think the coaches hand was a little fast on that one. Probs more of a 20.4


No way. This guys goes 22 low in meters. His speed here is totally believable

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