Caeleb Dressel Swims Fastest Textile 100 Fly Ever, 3rd All-Time


Everyone thought the 50 free / 100 fly double would be a tough one for Caeleb Dressel. While the prelims may well be the session where he has the biggest buffer between the two, he showed us this morning that we can all eat our words.

After a steady 21.61 50 free to qualify 2nd overall, Dressel was in the water about 34 minutes later to swim the first of three 100 fly circle-seeded heats. That was all Dressel needed to swim the fastest textile 100 fly in history, and move into #3 on the all-time performers list in 50.08.

That swim blows past Joseph Schooling‘s previous textile WR of 50.39, done when he won the Olympic gold last summer, as well as Ian Crocker‘s epic 50.40 done way back in 2005.

He’s now 3rd on the all-time list behind Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, who both had that epic 2009 showdown when they both went sub-50 seconds in 49.82 and 49.95.

Winning individual gold in both doesn’t seem like a stretch at all at this point. He qualified 1st in the prelims by 1.01 seconds. Schooling was back, 4th overall in 51.21.

Top 5 All-Time Top Performers – Men’s 100 Fly

1 Michael Phelps 49.82
2 Milorad Cavic 49.95
3 Caeleb Dressel 50.08
4 Joseph Schooling 50.39
5 Ian Crocker 50.40

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We need a video of this NOW!


Yes, please, Swimswam! I’ve so enjoyed the videos you’ve posted so far!


SwimSwam of course is crushing it always, but I have to give a big thank you to NBCSN for giving free access to race clips after the session (at least in the US). Who would have thunk it?


Unfortunately no replays for heats 🙁


Ridiculous-ly awesome!

Coach Tom

He’s been doing this stuff since he was 6!!
Will be first person to fly….unassisted!!

Coach Mike 1952


JP input too short

What the….?

Wasn’t expecting that quite yet.

Swimmer Thieroff

Caeleb Dressel is the American Hero.


Caeleb Dressel is a super hero.


Caeleb ‘Merica! Dressel

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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