WATCH: Caeleb Dressel Swims Meet Record, World No. 4 100 Free in Atlanta, 47.86

2019 ATLANTA CLASSIC

A day after showcasing his versatility with a 1:56.29 200 fly Saturday and forgoing the 50 free, Olympic sprinter Caeleb Dressel got back to his bread and butter Sunday night at the Atlanta classic, swimming the world’s third-fastest 100 free of the season.

In prelims, he nearly even split his way to the top qualifying spot for finals, going 48.45 with only .25 seconds separating his first and second 50s (24.10/24.35). In finals, he was 23.12/24.74 for a 47.86 – those splits are still relatively even for Dressel.

Dressel was the top finisher in Atlanta by well over a second; Dean Farris took second place in 49.29, and the only other finisher under 50 was Dressel’s Gator Swim Club teammate Corey Main in 49.98.

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Dressel shaved half a second off Nathan Adrian‘s 48.29 meet record, set in 2016, and took almost a second off his own season best of 48.71 from March. His American record sits at 47.17, from the 2017 FINA World Championships. Prior to that swim, Dressel’s season-best was 47.97 from 2017 Summer Nationals. His 2018 best was 48.13 from the Pan Pacific Championships.

Watch the race below:

 

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Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

Stupid fast, he honestly still looks like he’s swimming a little broken down, but maybe he’s been doing more speed lately or somethin

DSwimmer
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

looking like his old (2017) self again, cant wait to see what he does at worlds!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  DSwimmer
2 years ago

He is a new Self now- the one that learned from the 2018 summer

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
2 years ago

He’s pretty rested. Just not shaved and not having to do 13 swims in a meet.

Pvdh
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Ahh our resident Florida Gators swim insider is back

Jimbo
2 years ago

It’s world number 4 not 3 in the title

utx
Reply to  Jimbo
2 years ago

But he is #4?…..

Swimmer19
2 years ago

Stud. Can’t wait to see what he does this summer at worlds

Mr Piano
2 years ago

Reality can be whatever he wants.

KeithM
2 years ago

Are we really counting 2017 Summer Nationals as an in season swim? That was the qualifying meet for Worlds in Budapest.

KeithM
Reply to  Torrey Hart
2 years ago

OK that makes sense. Apologies. It’s just that on Swim Swam articles there are frequently “in season” PB references and comparisons made.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  KeithM
2 years ago

In-season best for new pros is different than the college guys. Farris (and Dressel before him) tapered for NCAAs then had to seriously ramp up training LCM. They were dead this time of year. Dressel was toast at the Mel Zajac last year, before the catastrophic, prolonged hospitalization, multiple rods and screws motorcycle accident. The pros don’t taper for NCAAs, and many taper this time of year. So comparing in-season bests for one year out pros with what they did in college or right out of college is inaccurate.

M L
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Dressel’s accident last year sounds much worse than I’d realized. How long was he out of the water? And how do you know he’s lost inches off his vertical leap? Just curious.

DresselApologist
2 years ago

I will happily fight Ol’ Longhorn for content purposes

Coleman Hodges
Reply to  DresselApologist
2 years ago

We need this

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
2 years ago

Few people know that I’m a SwimSwam employee paid to drive comments up. Oh well, glad he hit his taper. Call me back when he hits a #1 time in the world.

Admin
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

(He isn’t, but this is still funny so I’m leaving it up).

remel can do anything
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

even in 2017, after the trial, he got only 1 #1, but we all know what happened after that. 🙂

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Let me know when anyone else not named Caeleb Dressel can swim a 100 free unshaven, untapered, at a random meet.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
2 years ago

lol

bucs123
2 years ago

I may just be confusing some splash, but did he take a breath inside the flags? I realize thats usually blasphemy to indicate that CD would do such a thing in the last 5 meters, but if he did, just another easy place to take off a little more this summer

bucs123
Reply to  bucs123
2 years ago

watched it closer, i retract my statement. I should have never doubted

Swammer
2 years ago

I would love to see his reaction. I’m curious to see if he was surprised.

SwimGeek
Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

Agreed. Just a friendly reminder to videographers out there: we already know the time (or can find it online) — but we’d love to see athlete reactions.

AtTheMeet
Reply to  SwimGeek
2 years ago

There wasn’t much of one in the moment. He seemed satisfied, but there was a very real, kind moment between Caleb and Coach Troy well after the race where they both seemed pleased with the result.

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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