Caeleb Dressel Swims 47.9 in Prelims at Mission Viejo Swim Meet of Champions

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.

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Mr Piano
2 years ago

2017: Dressel goes 47.97 at US Nats, 47.17 at Worlds.

2019: Dressel goes 47.97 at an in season meet in prelims.

Taa
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Please stay away from Tom….Thx

Pvdh
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Tom is the craftsman tho

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Piano hit him hard…32.49 final 50 tonight.

RUN-DMC
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

I can’t wait until the afterburners kick in.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Ol’ Longhorn suspiciously quiet on this prelim swim.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Justin Thompson
2 years ago

lol

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Justin Thompson
2 years ago

Nothing to see here, because that’s all he has this meet.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

47.9 in the finals. Out in 22.7 back in 25.2 so front half was there.

swimfan01
2 years ago

I was at the meet. Unfortunately due to chase starts splits are not being recorded for prelims. This should change for finals.

Teddy
Reply to  swimfan01
2 years ago

bummer

swimfan01
Reply to  Teddy
2 years ago

He was suited though if anyone was wondering

Seans
Reply to  swimfan01
2 years ago

Did it look all-out or was he trying to negative split do you think?

We’ve Got A Hulk
Reply to  Seans
2 years ago

At the meet. Stroke was smooth and not completely all out, so he should be faster tonight. Wouldn’t be surprised if he throws something pretty ridiculous down

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  We’ve Got A Hulk
2 years ago

we know by now he will be ridiculously fast next month ….

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

His finals swim confirms it.

Zorch
Reply to  swimfan01
2 years ago

Has Caeleb gone back to using the jitter-inducing, caffeinated and creatine-laced PreWorkout supplement he discussed in Swimswam video during his final NCAAs? He may want to get back to his admitted four-scoop ways on that if he wants to catch B. Proud, Fratus and others whom he trails badly now. But perhaps the whole M. Cox supp situation scared him off?

OLLIEPOP
Reply to  Zorch
2 years ago

Meh, most preworkouts no longer have creatine in them

Dudeman
Reply to  OLLIEPOP
2 years ago

creatine in supplements only helps for around 15 seconds anyway, so while it would be more helpful in sprint events it doesn’t make a big difference, especially in the 50 where fatigue isn’t a massive concern

Taa
Reply to  swimfan01
2 years ago

next time get us a manual split and you will be our hero

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Taa
2 years ago

Amen!

SwimGeek
Reply to  swimfan01
2 years ago

Sorry, what are chase starts? (sounds different than “flyover” starts)

JimSwim22
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

Chase starts means starting races at both ends. As one heat flips and swims they’re final length the next heat steps up, then as the in water swimmers get around 25m the starter gets the heat up and starts them. So. they are chasing the previous heat down the pool

IUkicker
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure that I would finish out of my mind if I thought the Caleb Dressel was about to mow me over!

SwimCoach
Reply to  IUkicker
2 years ago

They have to wait extra long to start his heat 😉

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

Are waves any consideration in this arrangement? Presuming only in a long water pool yes?

Spectatorn
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

I assume based on the slowest in the previous heat getting to the 25m before the next heat starts? Feels like this only works for heats with swimmers at fairly even speed. My mind immediately imagine Katie Ledecky swimming 400m and she is half a lap ahead of the rest of her heat… if starts go by her lane, some are going to dive into the swimmers just make the turn for final lap! But of course, Katie is going to be at the last heat so my imagination is just imagination for the worse case scenario.

I can also imagine everyone finishing hard for 200fly… the guys and gals in the last lap are struggling and the thought of… Read more »

SwimFan01
Reply to  Spectatorn
2 years ago

Yeah a long time ago I swam a 200 fly LC with the women’s 50 free doing chase starts behind me. I was DYING and the girl was just before the flags when I finished. The ref was there to get me out of the pool as quick as possible

JimSwim22
Reply to  SwimFan01
2 years ago

I swam heat one of a guys 4IM chasing the lady heat of girls. As the starter got us ready I was thinking the girl in my land was too close. Sure enough at the 45m mark I was on her left at her knees. Total screw up.

DMacNCheez
Reply to  JimSwim22
2 years ago

Jeez. What happened? Did you touch the wall first?

Dee
2 years ago

Jeez Dressel/Chalmers/Grinev is really hotting up now… 47.1 for whoever wins gold at Worlds; If the WR goes it will be done in SFs, but I don’t think it will go down this year. Next year it’s toast!

Pvdh
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

The big guns are gonna exhaust themselves in the SFs and then a wild Peter Timmers will sneak the title

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

hehehe why not , Timmers will have an outside smoke chance for sure …

Dee
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Would actually love to see that…

Quack
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Timmers owes that silver to Santo lol

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Quack
2 years ago

not at all ….stop that nonsense past review mirror

Tm71
Reply to  Quack
2 years ago

Santo who ? The one season wonder ?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tm71
2 years ago

exactly …..not heard of him since 2016 or so ….LOL

E Gamble
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Dressel has already been 47.1 in the 100 free. I’m pretty sure he’s gunning for a PB. I think he comes close or even breaks the WR. I’m predicting a Dressel win and the fastest second 50 split.

Dee
Reply to  E Gamble
2 years ago

I have no doubt he is, and he will probably get one, but sprint finals always seem to be a bit slower than people expect. Particularly when a race is close.

joe
2 years ago

!!

Pvdh
2 years ago

Dean did a 49.9 in jello so…..

Ervin
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

I heard Dean retired

Teddy
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Dean was busy that was just his stunt double

camelboar
2 years ago

He’s looking good

Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

No livestream to watch Dressel today I’m sad 🙁

Blackflag82
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

I’ll fill in until Ol’ Longhorn gets here later this evening – grumble grumble, Proud has a better start, grumble, Chalmers was less rested, grumble motorbikes, grumble good 200 free means slow everything else, grumble 200 fly, grumble get off my lawn
I meant to post this in the comment below, but it works here too 🙂

flyanddie
Reply to  Blackflag82
2 years ago

but when have the aussies been reliable at posting times at important events? example: cam mcevoy put up a 47.04 100 free, everyone was talking he would win the gold at rio, what happened nothing. nothing happened he didnt even come close to winning

Samesame
Reply to  flyanddie
2 years ago

Chalmers, Horton, Campbell in 2018 , McKeon, etc etc

Tm71
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

I hate how these meets are advertised ! If I had known he was swimming at this meet I would have certainly gone to watch even if it was CD swimming alone!

Leisurely1:29
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

Lochte?

gator
2 years ago

hmmm….where did all the haters go?!?!? Rockstar, even in-season.

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