Dressel Clocks 48.6 100 FR, Lochte Wins 200 IM on Day 3 of Florida OT Qualifier

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The 2020 Florida OT Qualifier concluded on Monday night as Caeleb Dressel picked up a win in the 100 free. Dressel, the American Record holder and 2-time World Champion, swam a 48.63 to dominate the race. That’s his 5th fastest in-season swim ever, and the fastest he’s ever been at this point in a season. Dressel also swam the 200 IM prelims, cruising to a 2:05.63, but scratched out of the final. Fellow Gator postgrad Ryan Lochte went on to win that race. Lochte finished in 2:00.05, about a second off his season best 1:58.89 from the U.S. Open in December.

Sarasota’s 14-year-old Gracie Weyant went another best time to win the women’s 200 IM. Weyant swam a best by over half a second in 2:18.71, but is still a little over a second away from the Trials cut (2:17.39). Older sister Emma Weyant swam in the 200 back final tonight, placing 4th in 2:16.85. That event was won by Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Kylie Masse in 2:09.01.

Sarasota Tsunami’s Arik Katz, who placed 5th in the mile at 2019 World Juniors, won the 1500 free in 15:38.87. That’s his fastest in-season swim by a second. Gator postgrad Mitch D’Arrigo finished 2nd in 15:43.68. Gator Swim Club teammate True Sweetser, the 2019 Pan Ams Champion in this event, was 4th in 15:58.03.

Additional Event Winners

  • Blue Dolphins’ Micayla Cronk won the 100 free in 56.00. Cronk has already been under the Trials cut in the event with her best (55.48) from last summer.
  • 15-year-old Amadeusz Knop took a tenth off his time in the 200 back as he won in 2:05.29.
  • Sarasota’s 15-year-old Michaela Mattes was just 3 tenths shy of a best with her 8:48.43 in the 800 free.

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N P
1 year ago

2:00.0 out of Lochte in January!

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

We are well into February lol

N P
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Oops, I shouldn’t post after 8pm I guess. xD

ERVINFORT o,ldHEWIN
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

lol

Taa
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

Yeah its a good time but more importantly how did his abs look?

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

The abs were still hibernating through the winter.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Justin Thompson
1 year ago

You seem fixated on his body.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Haha, don’t hate on me for pointing out the stall references.

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

At the TYR photo shoot last week the dad body had gone away a bit. Looking like he’s in good shape. 2:00 in season is encouraging too.

run-dmc
1 year ago

48.6 is really fast for February. He’s going to break 47 again this summer.

124 days to Omaha…

Anon
Reply to  run-dmc
1 year ago

@DuncanScott who went 48.5, 4:20 400IM, a 51. 100 fly split and 1:58 200 Fly and barely got a single comment. The struggle is real!

Troyy
Reply to  Anon
1 year ago

Wrong nationality.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Plus he looks like he’s 12. This is an adult’s comment section.

anonymoose
Reply to  Anon
1 year ago

it might be because of the people knowing troys hard training, therefore being able to somewhat judge how good the times of his swimmers really are

leisurely1:29
Reply to  run-dmc
1 year ago

Don’t think it was ever really a question of if he’s breaking 47…

ERVINFORT o,ldHEWIN
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 year ago

he will obviously break 47 at least one time this summer ….

Taa
1 year ago

Chalmers went 47.99 last month

Thank$$$
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Yes, but he is not receiving the same yardage dosis that Troy is giving Dressel. Not to mention 200 swimmers and up tend to swim better in-season than sprinters. Sprinters tend to have a better taper

Bogo
Reply to  Thank$$$
1 year ago

I don’t understand how you could possibly know that. Chalmers trains for the 200 and having seen the man train before I can tell you that he is an absolute monster who regularly hits 7500m LCM sessions. Not saying Dressel doesn’t do that although you would think with how they swim their races (Dressel with front half speed, Chalmers back half speed) people would be more inclined to say that Chalmers is “fitter” or does longer training, but then again this is a largely American site

Yup
Reply to  Bogo
1 year ago

And then gets beat by Caeleb…

BairnOwl
Reply to  Yup
1 year ago

Yes, but also conveniently ignoring the examples where Chalmers beat Dressel.

Troyy
Reply to  Thank$$$
1 year ago

This is some total 💩 right here.

ERVINFORT o,ldHEWIN
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

agreed Mr Troyy

Olympian
Reply to  Thank$$$
1 year ago

Thank$$$ are you kidding me?!?! King Chalmers has been posting his workouts eventually and he was dropping a couples of 100×100 a week back in December/January.
I appreciate the American patriotism but let’s be real people, 48.6 is not special in any time of the year, that’s not the 80s anymore.

LETS GO RYAN, IM ROOTING FOR YOU!!!

Blackflag82
Reply to  Olympian
1 year ago

I mean, but to that end, dropping high 47s isn’t special anytime of the year either…since we’re still a sport of world records and gold medals (hold overs from the 80s and before), literally the only times that matter are the ones that break those records or win those medals regardless to the “time of the year.”

Chalmers swims faster in season. Dressel drops more in taper…a 48.6 is pretty exciting for one of them, just like a sub 48 is exciting for the other. Both can be “special” in context

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Thank$$$
1 year ago

Not receiving the same yardage. Guess that’s why he dropped a 3:53 400 free last month. Never trains hard.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

The Baron Chalmers is a better in season swimmer, but it should be a tight race between the two

Robbos
Reply to  Justin Thompson
1 year ago

Baron, normally 18 year Olympic champions are known as King, the only other King in the 100 free still swimming is Adrian.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Justin Thompson
1 year ago

King Prince Duke Marquess Earl Viscount then Baron . Cannot see why you have dumped him to number 7 . Not very Justinian at all !

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Justin Thompson
1 year ago

Way to go out on the limb, seeing as there was that whopping 0.12 sec gap at Worlds.

Brian
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

Dressel is known to have larger drops with taper so they’re looking pretty even so far this early into the season.

Thomas
Reply to  Taa
1 year ago

We’ve all heard the set where Dressel swims multiple 400’s LCM kicking out 15 yards off each wall. Can’t remember the interval but it was impressive.

Sqimgod
1 year ago

Dressel will drop around 2 seconds in the 100 free. Let’s use this to extrapolate -4 secs in the 200. This is being generous lochte would be 1:55 high if he tapered rn. Lots of work to do before 1:54

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Sqimgod
1 year ago

He’ll be a 1:56.5 at best.

Brian
Reply to  Justin Thompson
1 year ago

Nah I think 1:55. At a sectional meet March of 2011, lochte was 2:01 in the 200 IM. He then broke a world record that summer.

Troyy
Reply to  Brian
1 year ago

No way he tapers as well as in his 20s.

Horninco
Reply to  Brian
1 year ago

The dangers of extrapolation ….

afatdad
1 year ago

Dressel will be one of the best swimmers in this Olympics. You will eat your hat if you say otherwise!

Hat salesman
Reply to  afatdad
1 year ago

I promise my hats are extra delicious for the poor few who bet against Dressel

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  afatdad
1 year ago

Geez. He’s slipped down from the GOAT argument, to winning 9 golds, to now just “ONE OF the best swimmers in THIS Olympics”? Geez, by the time Tokyo comes around, he’ll be a relay-only swimmer.

Samesame
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Yeah I noticed that too

Nevertuckmystring
1 year ago

Just keep this guy away from a motorcycle please!

Markster
1 year ago

Dressel is washed up. Chalmers was 47 a month ago. Dressel was lucky last year Chalmers was still coming back from surgery but this year he just wont be able to hold off the true King Kyle.

Robbos
Reply to  Markster
1 year ago

Until Dressel wins gold in the 100 at the Olympics, yes the king is Kyle.

Horninco
Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

So is Joe Schooling still the king in the 100Fly?

MR FLY
Reply to  Horninco
1 year ago

All depends on how hard Sergio pushes him in the next 6 months. If he can go below 50 sec then he has a slim chance.

Horninco
Reply to  MR FLY
1 year ago

I’m not sure it depends on Sergio.

That’s funny

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  MR FLY
1 year ago

Usually 6 months of good work out of 4 years pans out well.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Horninco
1 year ago

To Mel he is.

Horninco
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Then Mel has had to much Texas Tap Water.. 😉

Robbos
Reply to  Horninco
1 year ago

Who is queen of the 400 Free? Is it Queen Kate or Queen Ariana, just because she won the last time they met & is the up & coming. To me even as an Aussie, it’s always Queen Kate.

Jabroni Pepperoni
Reply to  Markster
1 year ago

The guy went the second fastest all time, fastest textile just last year. …..

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
1 year ago

Those pesky individual event Olympic golds always get in the way of a good story.

Robbos
Reply to  Jabroni Pepperoni
1 year ago

McEvoy went 3rd fastest all time & fastest textile before last Olympics, but the King was still Nathan Adrian

Yup
Reply to  Markster
1 year ago

Prince Chalmers….

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

That pic really shows how streamlined Dressel’s head is.

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