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.