Dressel Has 3 Different Freestyle Strokes: GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases are on the rise, but I’m remaining positive about the 2020 Summer Olympics and pushing forward, especially on the topic of Olympic and World Champion Caeleb Dressel.

Dressel holds himself to high standards, but to your every-day-swimmer he had an impressive showing at the Des Moines Pro Swim. His most impressive race was the 200 free, where he nearly ran down specialist Townley Haas.

Dressel has a lot of speed this early in the season, but with Gregg Troy on deck you know he’s putting in an aerobic base–enough to get home fast in the 2-free.  When asked if Dressel has a different stroke for his 2-free, he explained he has 3 different freestyle strokes.  This is next level and explains a lot about Dressel’s success. It’s rare when a swimmer can win the 50 and the 100 free, two very different events. Knowing Dressel adjusts his stroke in the 50, 100 and 200, and has clearly achieved mastery doing it, makes sense.


200 free – 3rd – 1:47.55

100 free – banana heat winner – 48.62

50 free – 1st – 21.51 *PSS Record


Again, provided COVID-19 doesn’t derail U.S. Olympic Trials, Dressel swims the 200 free in the prelims, dropping a 1:45.9.  But who care what I think…what do you think?

See my Dressel predictions from earlier this year– pre-COVID:

DRESSEL US OLYMPIC TRIALS EVENT SCHEDULE: I think Dressel swims his stock schedule in Omaha, 50-100 free, and 100 fly. He swims the 200 free, but only in prelims. I also think he’ll test 200 IM. If he’s on, I could see him swimming the semi and final at Olympic Trials.

DRESSEL US OLYMPIC TRIALS  100m FREE:  I’m only getting specific about one race this far out, 100m free.  100m fly was his best event at the 2019 World Championships this past summer, popping the 49.50 world record. I think 100m free will matter more to him in Omaha. He got too close to the 100m free world record this past summer, Cesar Ceilo’s super-suited 46.91 from the 2009 World Champs in Rome. While Dressel’s best taper will certainly be at the 2020 Olympic Games, he’s going to race almost fully rested at U.S. Trials. I don’t think he’ll take any chances.

Dressel’s 2019 World Championship 100m free — 46.96

My 100m free U.S. Olympic Trials Dressel prediction — 46.84

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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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10 months ago

I’d kill for a ‘no-pop’ 21.5

Old Man Chalmers
10 months ago

banana heat winner hahaha

Lane 8
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
10 months ago

Adrian ran him down, didn’t he?

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
10 months ago

You won a lot of things Champ!

Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
10 months ago

B final: banana heat
A final: Apple heat?
How about C&D?

Reply to  Swim4fun
10 months ago

Zach apple the giant!

Reply to  Swim4fun
10 months ago

Cucumber and dragon fruit

10 months ago

Just want to say to Mel. You have amazing voice.

Reply to  ZanBai
10 months ago

I have a recording of Mel reading “Goodnight Moon” that I listen to every night as I fall asleep.

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

…goodnight room, goodnight moon, goodnight cow jumping over the moon…

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
10 months ago

Mel, I bet that doesn’t read as well as it sounds. We all want what Braden has.

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

Someone needs to throw this up on Spotify so that we can all enjoy it!

Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

Not sure if you’re serious – but now you guys need to make this happen! Especially given the times we’re living through!

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  swimgeek
10 months ago

Wise Brown estate and rights holder might take issue w/that. But…someone should right a swimmer kids book… Goodnight working the core, goodnight kickboard, goodnight weirdly long reports by Craig lord…

Gold Medal Mel
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10 months ago

Oops “should *write”

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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