Caeleb Dressel To Sit Out Remainder of ISL Regular Season

The biggest star in the International Swimming League (ISL) is done for the regular season.

After withdrawing from the second day of Match 6 on Sunday, Cali Condors General Manager Jason Lezak announced that reigning league MVP Caeleb Dressel will sit out for the rest of the ISL regular season.

“Caeleb was not feeling well before his match on the 12th and as a team, we decided that it would be best for him to sit out of the rest of the regular season so that he will be in optimal condition for the playoffs,” Lezak said in a statement.

“His contribution to Cali Condors has been invaluable and we are excited about what the rest of the season holds for our team. With his leadership, the Cali Condors will head to the playoffs with confidence to defend our title.”

Dressel scratched out of the second day of Match 6 after reportedly not feeling well.

His agent has told SwimSwam that Dressel does not have COVID-19.

On Day 1 of the match, the American won the men’s 100 butterfly (48.71), was the runner-up in the 200 IM (1:51.14), and competed on a pair of relays for a total of 27.5 MVP points, leading the individual point standings for the opening day. In his absence, Tokyo Frog King Daiya Seto emerged as the Match 6 MVP after Day 2 with 57 points.

Dressel is currently the Season 3 MVP points leader by a wide margin, having scored 233.0 points through three matches to lead teammate Beata Nelson (165.0) by 68. Fellow Condors Coleman Stewart (154.0) and Kelsi Dahlia (145.5) sit third and fourth.

With Dressel absent on Sunday, Cali lost their first match since the Season 1 Finale, with the London Roar (529.5) topping the defending champions by 51 points. The Condors remain in first place for Season 3 with 11 points, essentially securing them a spot in the postseason.

The Condors only have one more regular-season match scheduled, Match 7 on Sept. 16-17, and then they’ll have a bit of a break until the playoffs begin on November 11 in Eindhoven.

Dressel was the Match MVP in all three of his appearances in Season 1, and then won the honor five times in Season 2, winning the Season MVP award by over 100 points as he led the Condors to the ISL Championship.

In addition to being the overall scoring leader in Season 3, Dressel also earned MVP honors in Match 4.

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Old Retired Guy
9 days ago

Get well and stronger, big guy…

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
9 days ago

Seems like that 200 IM hit harder than that 500 hit Townley.

In all seriousness, I think most of us thought he’d take a bit of a longer break straight off the Olympics. Hope he can now get all the rest he needs.

Clownley Honks
9 days ago

honestly this is good for him, these Olympians have already been all in for a whole extra year and they need breaks or the wear and tear will catch up to them

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Clownley Honks
9 days ago

What about everyone else still in Naples? All gonna be worn n torn?

John
Reply to  Daeleb Creseel
9 days ago

you like to argue, don’t you?

Clownley Honks
Reply to  Daeleb Creseel
9 days ago

all the Olympians, yes

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Clownley Honks
9 days ago

All the olympians should take a long break. ISL is ruining their career longevity

The White Whale
Reply to  Daeleb Creseel
7 days ago

I don’t think anything could be further from the truth. If anything the ISL has prolonged many swimmers’ careers.

Roch
9 days ago

“rest of regular season” gave me a heart attack thinking things were really bad. But the rest of his regular season is just this week. Whew. Just a prudent decision to take care of an athlete when they don’t need to push to make playoffs, seems like an easy call. Hope he gets some good rest before November!

Dan
Reply to  Roch
9 days ago

He might also go back to train, I wonder if his main goal over the next year is the World Champs or earn money from ISL or another goal/focus

Thomas
Reply to  Dan
9 days ago

Truthfully, I think his goal is World Champs. He’s dominant enough where he can take home a nice paycheck from the ISL without putting too focus/stress on it.

Steve Wierhake
Reply to  Thomas
9 days ago

I suspect he gets plenty of money from endorsements and sponsorships and isn’t very dependent on paychecks from the ISL.

Tony
Reply to  Dan
9 days ago

If i’m not mistaken, there’s a lot to look forward to: SCW are in the UAE in Dec. 2021 and WC are in Japan in May 2022.

Jack
Reply to  Dan
9 days ago

My suspicion is that he’ll be all in on Worlds. His 100 fly in Tokyo left a couple tenths on the table with the turn and finish, and I also think he’s going to want to use this short Olympic cycle to see whether he can swim on the 4×200 without hurting the back end of his meet. You can tell he feels like they left a medal on the table but there was just too much uncertainty about how much pop it might take out of his 100 free.

Troyy
Reply to  Jack
9 days ago

Worlds isn’t really that useful for testing it because the schedule is so different from the Olympics and the 4×200 final would also cause a triple with the 50 free and 100 fly semis.

Tony
Reply to  Troyy
9 days ago

I just don’t think the USA men’s 4x200m free is deep enough to topple the UK. If — a big if — Caeleb is shooting for another Olympic event with gold potential, the 200m IM is a better option. Regardless, swimming 6 sprint (50m or 100m individual or relay) events is a lot of work, which he showed in Toyko that he can handle. Adding a 200m swim? Would be great — unless it hurts his sprint events.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Roch
9 days ago

Had this same set of thoughts. (Esp when it feels like the season just started – omg he’s going home already!? this has to be serious!!!)

Xman
Reply to  Roch
9 days ago

I was surprised he ever did ISL, based off his IG I think he just did it as a swimcation with his wife.

Good move!

Taa
Reply to  Xman
9 days ago

That’s kind of what I was thinking a lot of Olympic participants did. Just an extended rest period with one a day practices to not get beat up and no weights.

Bill
9 days ago

In the NBA we would call this load management

leo
Reply to  Bill
9 days ago

calis pulling a greg popovich on us

Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

Correction: Dressel is afraid because Chalmers is back

Camelboar
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

lol

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

Funny…didn’t seem to worry him at the Olympics.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
9 days ago

Pretty sure he was worried those last 15 meters. Same with Milak in the fly. They both closed on him like he was MA on the free leg of a 200 IM.

Pvdh
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

Chalmers had to drop everything to try and beat Caeleb in the 100 free and couldn’t manage 😩

My guy swam 100 free as his 3rd best event and remains unbeatable.

whever
Reply to  Pvdh
9 days ago

He didn’t drop 800 free relay.

Daeleb Creseel
Reply to  Pvdh
9 days ago

Chalmers swam 4×1 free relay heat + final & 4×2 relay final before 100free

Pvdh
Reply to  Daeleb Creseel
9 days ago

Dressels beaten Chalmers after swimming 2 races the day of. Chalmers can’t hold the jock

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
9 days ago

It’s gotta be just a touch hard to talk about dominance when you see Dressel get run down like that though. Now he’s getting run down in the fly. Enjoy it while it lasts, cuz guys are swimming (not jumping) way faster than him in those two events. His 50 free dominance is the start and the swim. Not so for the other two events.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
8 days ago

The only reason he got run down that much in the fly was cause of garbage turn and finish. He would have been like 49.0

Tony
Reply to  Mr Piano
8 days ago

True that. Plus, look at how he tore through the last 50m in that 200 IM this past Saturday. Caeleb is king of 100m free and fly now and for awhile to come. (Milak’s final 100m fly was a fluke — half a second ahead of his PB, yet still silver.)

Tony
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

Hmmm, who won the 100m free at the WC in 2017, SCW in 2018, WC in 2019 and Tokyo Olympics (not to mention in ISL)? Oh, that would be Caeleb Dressel, NOT Kyle Chalmers.

Joel
Reply to  Tony
9 days ago

Kyle wasn’t at 2017 WC due to heart surgery. Kyle won pan pacs in 18 and Olympics in 16 and would have probably won Olympics in 21 except for the relay the night before. Put that in your pipe and smoke it 😁

Pvdh
Reply to  Joel
9 days ago

Next Kyle will have polio and arthritis

Joel
Reply to  Pvdh
9 days ago

His injuries and operations have been genuine. Facts

Corn Pop
Reply to  Pvdh
9 days ago

Many swimmers will get arthritis unless they nurture joints post comp career. You never lose damage to joints or bones.& they come back to haunt you . As for Polio , some long ago infections are breaking thru from benign to discomfort but I don’t think Kyle is one . I’m totally glad you are concerned about Polio because in 20 years we did not eradicate wild polio from Afghanistan .but I’m hoping you will take up the challenge. . Its ok they mainly hate the British who are their historical enemy. If you observe Taliban rules you will be fine. Send us an Insta!

Last edited 9 days ago by Corn Pop
Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Pvdh
9 days ago

Well, there was that horrific motor scooter accident Dressel had, where he almost lost a leg and will undoubtedly have CTE (I heard he’s already agreed to be a brain donor to UF’s CTE project). At least that’s what I heard here after he got his ass handed to him by MA that summer.

Tony
Reply to  Joel
9 days ago

Caeleb has 3 individual golds at the Olympics; 7 individual golds at LC WC (in only two appearances; 1 for 1 in 100m free at SC WC; 4 individual world records. Kyle can’t match those numbers.
Who holds the 100m free Olympic record? Caeleb. Who has the faster personal best? Caeleb. Post Rio 2016, Kyle’s *only* win was at 2018 Pan Pac.

BKP
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

Came here for the ratio, lol!

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
9 days ago

Saw that 45.2 relay split and decided to split himself.

GowdyRaines
9 days ago

He got the Covid.

Virtus
Reply to  GowdyRaines
9 days ago

If he did he wouldn’t be on a flight (I hope)

Rafael
Reply to  Virtus
9 days ago

Andrew is such a bad influence…

Mike
9 days ago

Time to get home to train for the WC next year

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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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