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.
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