2019 MISSION VIEJO SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS
Caeleb Dressel swam a 47.97 in the men’s 100 free on Friday morning in prelims at the 2019 Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions. This continues a trend for Dressel this season of being much faster in-season than we’ve seen in previous years. At his last meet, the Atlanta Classic, he was 48.45 in prelims and 47.86 in finals. That prelims swim was the famous 24.1/24.3 nearly-negative split. Coming into this season, his fastest in-season swim was a 48.74 done in June of 2016, a few weeks before the Olympic Trials. Now he’s been under 48 twice this season before the World Championships.
This is all in the follow-up year to a 2018 season where his best time was just 48.13.
Other Prelims Highlights:
- Allison Schmitt qualified 1st in the 100 free in 55.84. Also in that A-final will be Beata Nelson, a short course star who has had less success in long course, in 55.99. That’s her first time under 56 seconds.
- China’s Ye Shiwen led prelims in the women’s 200 fly in 2:11.34.
- Annie Lazor, who has hit best times in basically every meet over the last 6 months, cruised to a 2:31.46 in the women’s 200 breaststroke in a relatively slow morning session.
- Jonathan Gomez swam 2:00.00 to lead qualifying in the 200 fly. Arizona undergrad Brooks Fail swam 2:00.28 and Tom Shields swam a 2:00.71.
- China’s Yan Zibei led qualifying in the men’s 200 breaststroke in 2:11.94, followed by defending Olympic Champion Dmitry Balandin in 2:12.78. Those two were far-separated from the field.