Caeleb Dressel To Sit Out of This Weekend’s Playoff Match, Rest For ISL Final

The Cali Condors will be racing shorthanded in this weekend’s ISL playoff match, as the club is opting to rest superstar sprinter Caeleb Dressel.

Dressel has been under the weather since he arrived in Eindhoven last week, according to Cali Condor general manager Jason Lezak, and the team is choosing to rest him in order to have him at his best come the ISL Final in one week’s time.

“Caeleb came down with a cold when he arrived last week and we have decided to rest him for the finals for optimum performance,” Lezak told SwimSwam.

“Although he will be listed as a relay-only swimmer since we only have 14 on our roster, we don’t have intentions to use him at this time. He has also tested negative for Covid prior to departure and this week as well so we are confident he will be able to swim next week.”

While Dressel is a massive loss for the Condors, it doesn’t really impact their hopes of winning a second consecutive ISL championship. Cali has all but locked up a spot in next week’s final, and have proven they can perform well without last season’s MVP in the lineup, including earning a victory in the first playoff match over Energy Standard despite his absence.

What is far more crucial for the Condors is that Dressel gets back to top form, or at least close to it, as they have a tough test in front of them with Energy Standard and London Roar both looking phenomenal in the fifth playoff match that wrapped up on Friday.

Dressel swam well during the regular season, winning 10 individual events and one skins race, but he only raced in two and a half of the four matches and flew home from Naples early after reportedly not feeling well.

After missing the first playoff match in Eindhoven, the 25-year-old returned to competition for the first time in two months last weekend, but was clearly nowhere near his best. The Condors didn’t even enter him in the 100 free, 50 fly or 100 fly, and he only finished third in the men’s 50 free while picking up one individual win in the 100 IM.

Dressel’s Playoff Match 4 Times (2021 Regular Season Best)

  • 50 free – 21.04 (20.67)
  • 100 IM – 51.67 (50.68)
  • 100 free relay split – 47.26 (45.01)
  • 100 fly relay split – 49.60 (48.81)

The only thing that’s really left to be determined in the sixth playoff match this weekend is if the LA Current will join Cali, Energy Standard and London Roar in the league final, which looks to be a near-lock even without Dressel in the lineup. The Toronto Titans would need to pull off a gargantuan upset over the Condors to spoil LA’s party and make the final.

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Sub13
1 month ago

Wooow. Could make some LA fans nervous, but honestly they don’t need him to beat Toronto. I still think they’ll easily win by over 100 points.

I really hope he feels better. It would be nice if he gets just fit enough to block some Energy points but not fit enough to beat Kyle in any races.

Wow
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

You have an obsession with Kyle.

Sub13
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Do I? It seems relevant to mention him given that Caeleb and Kyle are compared constantly, and in any article about Kyle you and others will drag Caeleb into it 🤷🏼‍♂️

Wow
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Lose the ‘tude, boo.

Sub13
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Honestly this was just supposed to be a light hearted “I hope he gets better, but hey it’s good for the Roar if he doesn’t get TOO much better”. I’m not sure why you turned it into a nasty thing.

But for what it’s worth, I do genuinely hope Caeleb recovers quickly. I would never wish illness on someone so my team wins a swimming race. Caeleb and Kyle seem to be great friends and would probably be really embarrassed about how much people compare them and fight over them.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Honestly this site has turned into a massive snark and sassy comment board. The wholesome discussions are diminishing.

Sub13
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

I genuinely wasn’t trying to be snarky. Was just trying to make a light joke while saying I hope Caeleb feels better. But yeah I know things are easily misinterpreted and can spiral into a silly argument.

jay and finke’s last 50
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

swim twt is more wholesome than this site

Last edited 1 month ago by jay and finke’s last 50
Tony
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

There is no comparison beyond the 100m free. Only Caeleb has golds and/or WRs in 50m free, 50m fly, 100m fly and 100 IM.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

There’s also no comparison right now — Chalmers would beat him today/next week like a rug in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, and 50 fly.

Tony
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Chalmers barely won the 50m free last week against a jetlagged Dressel who hadn’t been to meet in two months.

Wow
1 month ago

Had a feeling this would happen. Smart I guess.

jamesjabc
1 month ago

Someone tell Caeleb not to go near Shymanovich. It would be just… awful… if he were to get sick right before the final and be unable to butterfly his way to a breaststroke record.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  jamesjabc
1 month ago

Cute. You know, this is aged, now, a few years. However:

https://swimswam.com/caeleb-dressel-breaks-american-ncaa-records-100-breast/

jamesjabc
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 month ago

LOL. Wow I didn’t know that. If Caeleb were to beat Shymanovich in the 100 breast and drop the 50/100 free or 50/100 fly then I would be totally ok with that as a Roar fan.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  jamesjabc
1 month ago

Shymanovich could probably do a 48 in the 100 SCY breast, and Dressel gets more average with each additional yard. Hence his 100 LCM breast times.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

You really have quite a negative attitude towards Dressel. What’s the problem? It’s not purely objective analysis of the dynamics of the facts at hand. Are you having problems with your digestion? I recommend Metamucil, you being an old guy like me and such. LOL….

HJones
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 month ago

He isn’t wrong in this case, though. When they put Dressel in BR races during ISL, he couldn’t hang with the BR specialists, including Shymanovich. Dressel is a great SCY breaststroker–he’s the 2nd fastest all-time in the 100–but his strengths in that race are the start and pullouts, which aren’t as much as a game-changer in SCM. I’m sure if he put some decent focus in the 100 BR SCM, he could be somewhere in the 56 range and challenge Fink’s AR, but that’s still well off the pace of Shymanovich.

Entgegen
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

I really wish I could see Shymanovich do a SCY breast. We gotta get him into the States for a weekend! Same with Peaty!

Tony
1 month ago

As a true pro, Caeleb will try his best next weekend. If it weren’t for the camaraderie with his teammates, he probably wouldn’t have gone to The Netherlands at all. He’s had a phenomenal 2021, and I think his focus is on gold medals and long course world records in Japan in May 2022.

Sub13
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

Dude, it’s fine that he’s sick. You don’t need to make excuses for him. He’s sick. Everyone understands that.

HJones
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Even then, he probably won’t be quite near his best this SCM season. He has taken the time to enjoy the fruits of his labor, and Troy has said he hasn’t done doubles since Tokyo. But, like MP in 2009 (who didn’t touch the water for a few months after Beijing, and was hitting the reef more than the pool), he doesn’t need a huge block of training to get back into form, as the training base of the past quad is still there for him.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Tony
1 month ago

He’s got a frickin’ cold, ffs. He doesn’t have malaria. I would hope a “true pro” could buck up for a swim for money with a cold.

Str
1 month ago

Caeleb, while you are resting, how about picking up your yt channel again

Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

He’s clearly phoning it in now. His prime was pretty short, from 2017-2020 (2021 tail end). Dressel is basically retired.

Sub13
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

I assume this is satire. Even the biggest anti-Dresseler couldn’t actually believe this.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

He’s partly right. He’s stressing less intensity in his preparation — said the entire Olympics was too much self-sacrifice, wants more family time, etc. Now switching back to sprint coach. And getting older. So I doubt we see the same Dressel for a few years, if ever. People didn’t realize how significant Troy was in Lochte’s peak performance until Lochte moved to Marsh. We’ll see how Dressel does without Troy’s overall direction.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Imo, Lochte’s problem wasn’t that he moved to Marsh, it was that he was less dedicated than before + the addition of a crippling knee injury in 2013-2014, and a groin injury during the Olympics.

Dressel’s sprint coach is the same one who Dressel trained under in college, so it doesn’t make sense that this would be a downgrade.
We’ll see what happens in this year and the next.

HJones
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve seen the fastest of CD in the 100’s. Based on history, the top 10 swims in the 100 FR and 100 FL were done by swimmers who were 25 or younger.

Tony
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 month ago

Um, yeah, he turned 25 after the Olympics, so he’s old. Emma McKeon was already 27 at the Olympics. Adam Peaty will be 27 in a couple weeks. Yeah, old. :-/

Scotty P
1 month ago

Mr. Dressel, while you are resting shut off your phone and enjoy the quiet. We all need to sometimes.

Werner Swimzog
1 month ago

I feel like there are a ton of swimmers skipping the meets and guessing its because they are (still?) not being paid.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Werner Swimzog
1 month ago

“Werner Swimzog”… heheheh….. Swimzzly Man, the movie.

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