Dressel Dissect: Caeleb Critiques 100 IM World Record at the ISL Grand Final

Caeleb Dressel is back on YouTube with a new Dressel Dissect, this time breaking down his 100 IM World Record from the 2020 ISL Grand Final in Budapest. Dressel chose the video in spite of, or maybe because of, it not being an Olympic event, with the Tokyo Games just under 2 months away.

When Dressel broke the World Record, he lowered his own mark of 49.88, set in the second semifinal of the 2020 ISL season. During the Grand Final, Dressel lobbed another 0.60 from his best time, clocking a 49.28 to annihilate the field and steal points from every competitor except his Cali Condor teammate Marcin Cieslak.

Before going into the analysis of the 49-second swim, Dressel mentions that he had to learn how to swim the 100 IM while in Budapest. He states that he believes he started the ISL season “around maybe 51, I think 51.8 was my first swim, and then [in] six weeks I had to figure it out too, I mean of course I got a little bit of rest in there, but 51 down to 49-low, and every time I feel like I learned something new in this race,” says Dressel.

Dressel’s slowest 100 IM of the 2020 ISL season was actually a 51.36 from the very first match of the season on October 17th, 2020. Even so, a 2.08 second improvement over the course of the season is enough to make most swimmers quite happy.

Dressel’s Analysis

Dressel decided to treat the first 25 of this 100 IM like a 50 fly instead of a 100 fly as he had in previous competitions, meaning in the Final he took 6 stroke instead of 5, which he thinks was a major improvement.

Dressel, the former American Record holder in the 100 yard breaststroke, refers to himself as “not a super-strong breaststroker.” He gives himself a little more credit on the backstroke where he says that he thinks he “did such a good job” on his backstroke tempo despite what he describes as a bad breakout at the start of the backstroke.

Though Dressel does not care for his breaststroke breakout, he describes his breaststroke in this race as “the best my breaststroke has ever looked. Everything moving forward, head’s leading throughout the whole stroke,” he says. Dressel continues to say that he was “constantly trying new things” and asking teammate Lilly King lots of questions about breaststroke throughout the season. Dressel also says that he could have been 8 strokes on the breaststroke but he’s glad he kept it at 7 strokes.

“This is the best my freestyle has looked swimming tired,” says Dressel, as he watches the final meters of the race. Being his own toughest critic, Dressel says he “started spinning real bad” in the final few strokes of his freestyle.

Dressel makes an interesting observation about the IM, saying “the IM’s interesting–so your body’s tired, but not one specific stroke gets tired. So, like at the end of a 2-free, your body gets tired and your freestyle gets tired, but the IM, your body’s tired but you haven’t done freestyle yet. So I thought this was the best my freestyle’s looked swimming tired, and I think that has something to do with because I wasn’t swimming freestyle for the first 75 of this race. So I thought I held together my stroke really well, because not one specific stroke was fatigued.”

Dressel finishes by saying he “wanted to jackpot Marcin, but he did let me,” and that it was a “super fun race.” Given his total dominance over the field and the margin by which he lowered the World Record, this swim was distinguished among our 2020 Swammy Awards asthe #1 Swim of the Year.

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ZanBai
1 month ago

This record will remain for at least 10-15 years. Unless he knocks it down.

Bruh
Reply to  ZanBai
1 month ago

He will

PFA
Reply to  Bruh
1 month ago

Most likely his only goal now is to jackpot Marcin Cieslak.

Notanyswimmer
Reply to  ZanBai
1 month ago

Kolesnikov will break it

Fresh Cuts
Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 month ago

Lol KK isn’t coming within a second of it anytime soon.

Mr Piano
1 month ago

Lol the way he imitates Rowdy

John
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

What’s that, looking/breathing to his right?

THEO
1 month ago

“ripping undies”

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  THEO
1 month ago

Gonna need some powerful Persil ProClean for those dirty undies

VA Steve
1 month ago

“your boy” is so emotionally intelligent, what a great break down. BTW, added bonus is defending his breaststroke against those who don’t understand the rule–an overplayed and inaccurate stream, on SS comments.

Last edited 1 month ago by VA Steve
Fresh Cuts
Reply to  VA Steve
1 month ago

Any movement off the dive or the turn and they’re called cheaters. Dressel did good to defend himself.

VA Steve
Reply to  Fresh Cuts
1 month ago

Unclear. You think he should have been disqualified?

PVSFree
Reply to  VA Steve
1 month ago

Those SS commenters just haven’t realized that the sport has evolved beyond what it was 30 years ago in the 90’s

phelps swims 200 breast rio
1 month ago

“I’m not a super strong breastroker.” What?! Didn’t you swim the 100 in 49?!

Blackflag82
Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
1 month ago

No, he didn’t…

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

50.03 …

MTK
Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
1 month ago

True, he did break the AR in 100yard, but I think we all can acknowledge – and he seems to as well – that there’s less than 50m of actual breaststroke swimming in that 100y, since 100y is about 90m, and 40m of it roughly is underwater. Not as much a test of breaststroke speed as it is start/turns and freaky explosiveness.

Tea rex
Reply to  phelps swims 200 breast rio
1 month ago

Carrying the speed from his turns through 10-15 yards of breaststroke is a whole different race than swimming a long course breaststroke. If they started from a dead stop, Peaty would destroy him, as would lots of true breaststrokers

tea rex
1 month ago

Not that he was thinking about it, but this is the kind of thing corporate recruiters look for. He sought outside perspective from at least 4 different people. Identifies a problem and tries something different as a solution (6 strokes instead of 5 on fly). Is dispassionate and realistic about his strengths and weaknesses. Seriously would look good on a linkedin page after he retires from swimming.

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