Dressel: “It’s kind of refreshing to have a really bad swim” (Video)


Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

MEN’S 100 FLY:

  • World Record: Michael Phelps, 49.82, 2009
  • American Record: Michael Phelps, 49.82, 2009
  • Championship Record: Michael Phelps, 50.22, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Michael Phelps, 50.22, 2009
  1. GOLD: Caeleb Dressel– 50.50
  2. SILVER: Jack Conger– 51.11
  3. BRONZE: Michael Andrew– 51.68
  4. FOURTH: Jack Saunderson– 51.88

If there were any questions about Caeleb Dressel at this meet, he put them to rest tonight. Dressel, who finished 6th in the 100 free earlier in the meet and took a narrow loss to Michael Andrew in the 50 fly, busted through the back half here to get the job done. Dressel is now on the Pan Pacs team, winning with the 10th fastest American performance ever in 50.50. That’s 3 tenths faster than he was last summer, and give how litte he seems to have rested for this, that Phelps World Record is in danger at Pan Pacs.

Jack Conger also finally secured his Pan Pacs spot. He was just a tenth off his lifetime best from march. After tying for 3rd in the 200 fly, Conger can have rest assured that he should make the Pan Pacs squad. After qualifying for Worlds last night with a win in the 50 fly, Andrew may have picked up a Pan Pacs spot here. We cant be 100% sure yet, but he’s in good shape with his lifetime best 51.68 for 3rd place.

Towson’s Jack Saunderson, who swam his lifetime best 51.48 this morning to qualify 1st, was a few tenths shy of that tonight in 51.88 for 4th. Cal’s Tom Shields, who swam both butterflies in Rio, was also sub-52 tonight in 51.94. Shields is out of Pan Pacs after placing 5th in both the 200 fly and 100 fly. Zach Harting, who qualified for Pan Pacs with a 2nd place finish in the 200 fly, clipped his best again tonight for 6th in 52.00.

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Dressel going 49 low in 3 weeks


Always stunned to read predictions like that 😃
Obviously Dressel may break at Panpacs (in 2 weeks) the 100 fly WR, but the order and the number of events that Dressel will swim at the meet in Tokyo are going to make all the difference about his performance in this and the other races (he will swim the 200 free or Im, for instance?).


I would be very happy with 49 high/50 low at pan pacs
I think it is important for him to do well in both free sprints and relays.


I’ve been saying for months that if Dressel brakes one world record only (50-100 Free or 100 Fly) that would be an incredible accomplishment. I’d be totally satisfied to see that. Let’s not makes the expectations unbearable

Becky D

So — you’re expecting him to add a few tenths to his 100 free time? Bold prediction.


Caeleb Dressel once had a bad swim, just to see how it felt.


Sounds like the dos echi man the most interesting man in the world


Correct – that was the inspiration.


Wait did Dressel get his braces off? Those pearly whites tho.


Why did he have to get braces at age 21 anyway? In all his earlier social media photos as a young person/teenager, his teeth were very straight.


Human Growth Hormone.


I don’t know the actual answer, but but braces can treat jaw issues, not just teeth. Or else maybe he got wisdom teeth out and teeth started to move from spaces…could be any number of reasons.

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