Caeleb Dressel talks NAG records and double tapers – Feature Video Interview

Caeleb Dressel catches up with swimswam contributor Garrrett McCaffrey right after his new 15-16 National Age Group record in the 200 Free, 1:48.64. He discusses his mindset going into the B final and how he’s managed to get faster on this double taper.

More on the swim as reported by Tony Gennaro:

The Bolles Schools’ Caeleb Dressel has had a very fast season. He broke several 15-16 national age group records at the World Championship Trials in June in Indianapolis, setting the 200 freestyle record at 1:49.83.

Today, Dressel broke his national age group record in Irvine, California at the Junior National Championships. He won the B-final of the men’s 200 freestyle in a crushing his previous time with a 1:48.64. His time from finals would have won the event, but he swam a 1:51.69 in the morning prelim session, narrowly missing the championship final.
Dressel already had the top spot on USA Swimming’s Junior World Championship Selection List. Previously, he tied with Dynamo Swim Club’s Gunnar Bentz. Bentz, who also swam a 1:49.83 at the World Championship Trials in June. Today, Dressel moved ahead to claim the number one spot on the list, but Bentz was also able to improve his time to 1:49.57.

Because Dressel was not in the championship final heat, Gunnar Bentz is the new Junior National Champion in the men’s 200 freestyle. Bentz was followed by Blake Pieroni of Duneland Swim Club and Alexander Katz of the Sarasota YMCA Sharks.

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Wow! One of the most exciting junior swimmers out and does a great interview, just what swimming needs, looks to be the future star of US swimming in Kazan and hopefully Rio. With Dubai just over 2 weeks away what would be the strategy training wise?


What a likeable individual… well grounded. It nice to get to “know” his personality. He comes across as confident and a an all around “good guy” Thanks for the interview!


I think in two years Dressel will be ready to represent Team USA in world champs. What’s unfortunate is the qualifying meet for that is the year before. I hope he is able to make it!

bobo gigi

Next year seems a little too early for him with Adrian and Feigen under 48. But we never know. Too bad US swimmers qualify next summer for the 2015 world championships.


What about relay alternate?
will it be also decided next year?

bobo gigi

Each 4 years since 2006 they qualify the swimmers one year before the world championships. Why? I don’t know. I’m still waiting for a good reason.
And for the relays I think you must be in the team so you must qualify.

C Martin

So what happened this year?


I didn’t know that.

Does the same meeting act as a qualification meet for the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2015 World Aquatics Championships?

bobo gigi

If I remember well last time, the US nationals qualified 3 swimmers per event for the Pan Pacs. And the 2 swimmers who had the 2 fastest times in each event after these 2 meets have qualified for Shanghai. I’m not sure of what I say but perhaps Braden will help us.


I suspect that after Missy’s progress from 2010 to 2011, they’re having another look at that selection policy.


Every four years, at nationals the US selects the Pan Pac team. The top two in every event are guaranteed selection along with the top four in the 100 and 200 free. I don’t know the cap on the team but usually the top 3 end up going with the one maybe two fourth place finishers also end up on the team. The third and fourth place people are usually selected based FINA points. I’m pretty sure that 5th and 6th place finishers make the worlds squad for the relay, but not the Pan Pacs team. To make Worlds though you have to have the top 2 times in the individual events or top 6 in relay events. These times… Read more »

bobo gigi

I’m still waiting for a good reason. 🙂

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No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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