On Day 3 of the 2015 Orlando Long Course Sectional Championships in Orlando, NCAA champ Caeleb Dressel put on an impressive performance, swimming 3 events in a row and winning gold in two of them.
Dressel opened his night with the 50 fly, touching the wall in 23.86. He’s won both of the sprint fly events in Orlando, swimming a personal best in each of them. His 24.49 from 2014 Summer Nationals was his best coming into the meet.
He returned to the pool for the next men’s event, the 200 I.M. He won the B-final, cutting over a second off his best with a 2:04.60. Dressel’s previous best was a 2:05.83 from 2013 Junior Nationals. That’s 2 best times within minutes of each other. While Dressel is known for his sprint free and fly, he’s talented across all strokes. That time would’ve placed him 3rd in the A-final.
Florida’s Sebastian Rousseau won the championship final in 2:01.89. His teammate Dan Wallace was 3rd in 2:04.81 over Mark Szaranek, also a Gator, who finished in 2:05.39.
2nd place went to Clearwater Aquatic Team’s Grant Sanders in 2:04.33. This was a special swim, as it gave Sanders his first qualification for the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Dressel won the 50 free immediately after the 200 I.M. In his 3rd race of the night, he was close to his best of 22.22, posting a 22.41. Corey Main also swam under 23, hitting the wall at 22.77.
Main, who represents New Zealand internationally, swam a double tonight. He won the 100 back earlier in the session, beating out his in-state rival, FSU’s Pavel Sankovich, 54.52 to 55.90.
Sarasota’s Austin Katz earned not only a top 3 finish in the 100 back, but also an Olympic Trial cut. His 57.18 was just under the 57.19 it took to qualify. He’ll now get to swim both backstroke events in Omaha.
On the women’s side, Florida’s Ashlee Linn opened the session with 1st place in the women’s 100 back. She clocked in at 1:01.25, hitting a lifetime best by a full second. She came into the meet with a 1:02.31 from 2014 Summer Nationals.
Linn has represented Florida in the backstroke and I.M. events during the NCAA season, and went on to swim the 200 I.M. in finals as well. She swam to 2nd in a close race with teammate Elizabeth Beisel. Beisel hit the wall in 2:14.37, while Linn finished in 2:14.75.
The 400 free saw another new Olympic Trials cut. Ariel Finke dropped her best to a 4:14.68, well under the cut of 4:17.99. She was 2nd behind Jess Thielmann, who won the event with a 4:13.69.
Florida’s Natalie Hinds took on a double tonight, starting with the 50 fly. She was the only woman under 27 with a 26.85. That matched her best time from 2014 Summer Nationals.
Hinds later tied for 2nd in the 50 free with incoming UVA freshman Kasey Schmidt, who swims club for the Bolles School Sharks. Both stopped the clock at 26.21. YCF’s Katie Kicklighter won the event in 26.09.
Full meet results available on Meet Mobile.