Caeleb Dressel Swims 400 IM at Gator Distance Meet on Saturday.

January 27th, 2019

Gator Distance Meet

• Saturday, January 26th
• Cecil Aquatics Center, Jacksonville, Florida
• Results on Meet Mobile @ “Gator Distance Meet”

The Gator Swim Club, both post-grads and high school students, took a trip up to the Cecil Aquatics Center in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday for a special Gator Swim Club distance meet which had only 3 events: the 400 IM, the 500 free, and the 1650 free.

Among the attendees was one Caeleb Dressel, who swam the 400 IM. There, he finished 2nd in 3:48.84.

Dressel, who showed an unbelievable event range in college (he at different points in his career had the fastest-ever times in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 IM in yards), always alights imaginations with what he might be capable of in events he didn’t swim while at Florida. On Saturday, we got a taste of his capabilities when swam an event that was unusual even for his varied lineup: the 400 IM. He finished 2nd in the race in 3:48.84 – about 3 seconds behind Mark Szaranek. The Scottish-born Szaranek took silver int he long course 400 IM at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

Dressel’s previous lifetime best in the 400 IM was a 4:18 that he swam back in 2011 when he was just 15 years old. He had 5 previous officially-registered swims in the 400 IM, all of which came in 2011 or earlier.

Other highlights of the meet:

• One of the newest additions to the Gator Swim Club pro group Kenneth To was 4th in the 400 IM in 3:50.38. To, an Australia by birth but who now competes for Hong Kong internationally, is an IMer, but focuses more on the 100 and 200 IMs internationally.
• Peyton Werner, a senior at Bucholz high School in Gainesville, swam a 15:59.64 to win the men’s mile. That’s his best time by nearly 8 seconds and his first sub-16 in the event (he hadn’t been a best time in the mile since 2015). We haven’t seen any public college commitment for Werner yet.
• Lillie Nesty, the 12-year old daughter of 1988 Olympic champion and current University of Florida men’s head swimming coach Anthony Nesty, swam a 5:33.62 in the 500 free.
• Andrea D’Arrigo, an Italian-American who now plans to represent the United States, swam a 4:19.76 in the men’s 500 free. Poland’s Jan Switkowski was 2nd in 4:25.91.

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P Stever
2 years ago

It was a great meet for the little ones too! Swimming next to the Olympians and the International team motivates them so much! Thank you to Caeleb for making my daughters day with a pic on the deck! GO GSC!

Dcrabbe6
2 years ago

Wow some of these comments are wayyy to sinical. He is just mixing it up a little in an early season meet. But even if he is still training some aerobic IM is that really a bad thing? He is versatile and could potentially do well in other events besides the 50,100 free and 100 fly. Also think about it this way. Dressel is a rare talent who could potentially be swimming competitively in the sprint events for another 8+ years. Why not continue with some aerobic base training now. Because I guarantee when he’s 30 he will be focusing more as more on sprint events. Nothing wrong with changing up your lineup/training methods while you still can. Keeps the… Read more »

eagleswim
2 years ago

would have been fun to see him do a 500..

sven
2 years ago

He went fast in the 50 free in college despite going to Florida and occasionally swimming breaststroke for him. I’ll assume they have their priorities in order and that they’re not trying to turn him into a 400 IMer.

I do hope he’s still getting plenty of time with Jungbluth, though, since he was Dressel’s primary coach through college and obviously worked wonders. I know that with Troy focusing on the pro group nowadays, his training might have changed just a bit. We’ll see what happens, though. I’m sure they’ll make any adjustments that need to be made this summer before the leadup to Tokyo.

Wondering
2 years ago

It’s a distance meet. It’s in the name. It isn’t his World Champs or Olympic Trials lineup….

Sccoach
2 years ago

Caeleb you are a pro stop swimming yards!

2 years ago

He needs to do more SCM meets/training. Make some  on the world cup next fall

Swammer
2 years ago

Would love to see him get set into SCM

How much can CD bench???
2 years ago

Good prep for the long course 200 im…

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
Reply to  How much can CD bench???
2 years ago

Dressel should never touch any other event than the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly at Olympic Trials.

Swammer
2 years ago

Agreed that he should stick with his lineup but he has a decent 2free so it wouldn’t be surprising if he got on the relay.

E Gamble
2 years ago

No. He will not be adding the 200 free. He’s too busy for that 88 free relay. Someone else needs to step up.

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Oh….clearly an “axe to grind” against Caeleb. In reality, just a reality check.

Tim
2 years ago

I like this. At this time of year nothing wrong with this even if you are more of a 100/50 guy.

Ben
2 years ago

Exactly. Even Michael Phelps experimented with events that he didn’t specialize in, like in 2005 when he attempted the 400m freestle at the World Championships. Didn’t make the final, but he swam it.

Caeleb Dressel’s Bandana
2 years ago

He bombed a lot of races in 2005. His personal best was 3:46 from 2003. His goal was to be able to swim a 3:39 in 2008

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

This would be like Phelps swimming the 50 free. 400 free has a lot of similarity to — I don’t know —- the 400 IM? Sheez

Swimgeek
2 years ago

I actually like CD doing this bc it shows his fitness. He’s not just training for 21 sec – he’s training for 3 rounds of 3-5 races – plus relays. That said, the MP 400 free was very diff. MP had just set the 400 Free Am Rec. in 2003. And he’s best in history in the other 400m event. Doing 4free in 2005 was hardly a stretch for MP.

Jay ryan
2 years ago

He set the AR in the 400 free once i think 4:45.7 early 2000’s

dude
2 years ago

Phelps didn’t swim the 50

Ben