Caeleb Dressel Won’t Swim 100 Fly on Friday at SEC Championships

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 50

February 15th, 2018 College, News, SEC


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Swim fans got a jolt of excitement on Thursday when Florida senior Caeleb Dressel swam 1:38.13 in the 200 yard IM – the fastest time in the history of the event. More surprises await for Dressel, who is not entered in the 100 fly – an event in which he’s the defending World Champion, NCAA Champion, 2nd-fastest ever in long course meters, and fastest ever in short course yards.

Heat sheets are posted for Friday morning on Meet Mobile, and Dressel isn’t entered in any individual events on the day. That means that he won’t swim the 100 fly or the 200 free, the two events in which he was entered for the day on the pre-scratch heat sheets, and with no Friday relays, that means he’ll have the day off after his electric Thursday.

Moving forward, then, 1 of 2 things must be true: He’s swimming the 100 breaststroke, or he’s not swimming his maximum-allowed 7 events at the meet.

Dressel has swum 1 individual event, and is allowed 3 (he didn’t swim the 800 free relay on Wednesday, so he won’t swim 5 relays). After scratching the 50 free, 100 fly, or 200 free, that means that his only two individual entries remaining are in the 100 breaststroke, an event in which he’s shown flashes but hasn’t ever raced at a year-end championship meet, and the 100 free, where he’s the fastest-ever in 40.00. The 100 breast is raced on Saturday, and Dressel is the 8th seed in that race in 53.23. His lifetime best is a 51.88 from the 2015 Ohio State Invitational during his sophomore season.

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2 years ago

i would not be surprised if he went sub-50 at this point

Reply to  Lucas
2 years ago

I think he’ll be 50.7. He’s incredible off the start and turns, which is huge in breast since you only get one dolphin kick, but I’m not sure he has the above-water speed to go the 26.5 or so on the back half that will be required to break 50. That said, I tend to be cautious about being too optimistic about Caeleb’s ability, and that has resulted in me being proven wrong more than once, so who knows. I hope someone breaks 50 soon. I was so excited when Cordes went 50.0, and no one has pushed that since. I think with the improvements Cordes has made in long course, he could do it now, but the chances of… Read more »

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

I would buy a ticket. And a flight.

Reply to  Braden Keith
2 years ago

A bit before Rio I proposed a SCY meet one week after Rio.. Offer huge prizes to entice the internationals, just so we can see Sjostrom, Campbell, Peaty, Hosszu, etc. do yards while tapered.

2 years ago

Sad that he is not swimming the 100 fly. I wonder if he will take part in this event in NCAA since he has been rather inactive this season. Maybe he wants to experiment other events?

Reply to  Buona
2 years ago

I will be awfully surprised if he swims anything but 50 free / 100 fly / 100 free at NCAAs. *Maybe* swap in the 200 IM for the 50, and just lead off the relay.

Reply to  Caleb
2 years ago

I don’t think he’ll swim the 200 IM. Florida will score there without him. It doesn’t make much sense scoring wise for them.

2 years ago

This dude could hold 50/100/200 free, 100 fly, 200im, 100 breast records before he leaves

Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

And 200 fly.

Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Aren’t we a bit premature in naming Caleb potentially one of the fastest breaststrokers ever? Dude has mad talent and unreal sprint chops but what evidence do we have that he can challenge the 100 br AR? That 200 IM was impressive but not surprising based on his historical body of work.

Although, as I write this, I looked up his best time, which is 51.88. He went 45.0 in fly at the same meet, so a 50.mid seems likely, so going sub 50.0 has a meaningful non-zero probability.

Reply to  theroboticrichardsimmons
2 years ago

He was very close to Will Licons breastroke split last year after going out over a second faster than Licon did, so yes, he is a very fast breaststroker.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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