Dressel Dash for Stache Challenge, Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

After Caeleb Dressel‘s blistering 18.23 50 yard free U.S. Open and American Record at the 2016 SEC Championships, you have to ask yourself, Can he dip under 18 seconds? 

University of Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy shaved his moustache, or rather Caeleb shaved it for him. See the video here.  Why? See below, as reported by Braden Keith:

“Prior to the season, University of Florida head coach, and 2012 U.S. Olympic coach, Gregg Troy made the assertion that if Caeleb Dressel were to swim an 18.39 in the 50 free, which would be the fastest time ever, that the coach’s famous mustache would be gone. Dressel not only hit the 18.39 exactly in prelims of the 50 free at last week’s SEC Championship meet, he came back in finals to go even faster: an 18.23.”

Coach Troy owned up. Would you grow a Stache in honor of Dressel — a Dressel Stache — if he dipped under 18 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle? I mean, it’s way out there, but Dressel could do it.  I think, like one commenter suggested, a Dash of Stache is the very least we can offer a man that fast.  Sure, his chances are slim, but why not put your upper lip on the line?

This proposal is by no means formal. It’s just for fun, and we’d like to do it as a test to see who will play.  If it works, we will expand out this challenge for the Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games.  On that note, I’m in. And if Dressel goes 20.89 in the 50 meter free this summer, I’ll grow a Dressel Stache or shave my head in honor of his raw speed.

NOTE: I do say in the video above, I would not be surprised if Dressel swam slower at NCAAs, focusing his energy on wins and team points, but I’d love to see him improve on that 18.2.  I’m going to predict an 18.29 for the win in Atlanta. 

What do you think he’ll go at Men’s NCAA DI Champs in the 50 yard freestyle?

You can follow Dressel on Twitter here.


This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.

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4 years ago

Orlando predictions for dressel:
50 free: 21.46
100 free: 48.31 22.89 25.42

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
4 years ago

he sure will make a statement on LC 100 free soon this year – hopefully in orlando .

Reply to  Ok
4 years ago

I’m feeling a 21.7 in Orlando for Dressel. Think he picks up the W.

Swimmer A
4 years ago

I agree with Mel, I think he goes slower at NCAAs. For me the more interesting question is can he win 3 individual events? He is a given to win the 50, a favorite in the 100, and a serious contender in the 100 fly. With Schooling and Conger, that event will be tough. I think he gets third to those two with Schooling edging out Conger again.

But for a moment just marvel at Dressel’s fly turns, I have never seen a swimmer get off the wall that fast. He makes everyone else look like they’re resting at the wall, even Arthur Mendes, and that dude’s really good.


Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

Don’t forget he was 51.0 breast on the 400MR. Given the challenge of Schooling/Conger … and that fact that he’s already prepping for breast in the relays … he might have a better shot of winning the 100 breast!

Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

Did he not breathe the last 25?

Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

Can’t see him (or anyone) beating schooling in the 100 fly.. I think schooling is going 44.2 or 44.3 (he was 44.51 last year)

But I hope dressel swims it to have all those guys face each other

4 years ago

He’s presumably back in heavy training. He won’t go 21.4. But he should improve his 100 free pb

21.75 in the 50. 3rd to Adrian and Cielo
48.55 in the 100. 2nd to Adrian.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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