Caeleb Dressel Swims 47.9 in Prelims at 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.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

2018 was a good year to have an off-year. No major championships that year. And he still managed to make the team.
You can’t be at 200% each year if you want to have a successful long career.
Dressel is gonna be a monster at next worlds.

Thomas Selig
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Good to see you back Bobo 🙂

5 years ago

Everyone seems to be a little quiet after the final.

Reply to  Samesame
5 years ago

Probably combination of things. Finished on half stroke plus he probably doesn’t have the speed right now and went out too fast

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Samesame
5 years ago

And now come the excuses in 3-2-1.

5 years ago

47.90 cuz of the icebath

Reply to  Sqimgod
5 years ago

No , i think its because of heavy training + outside pool .

5 years ago

He went 47.90 in the final. Out in a 22.73.

5 years ago
Reply to  SwimFan01
5 years ago

He looked tired…and went 47.9

Reply to  Usausausa
5 years ago

Troy is prepping him good ….heavy training if he is tired like that

5 years ago

47.90 in finals

5 years ago

47.90 without tucking in his strings

Ol’ Gator
5 years ago


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