Dressel, Lochte Battle in 200 Free at Florida Swimming OT Qualifier

Florida Swimming OT Qualifier

  • Saturday, February 15 – Monday, February 17
  • Orlando, FL
  • Long Course Meters
  • Live Results (meet mobile)

Florida postgrad stars Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte are among the swimmers to compete at this weekend’s Olympic Trials Qualifier in Orlando, Florida. Dressel, the 2019 World Championships Swimmer of the Meet, has competed in a mostly his traditional events so far.

In the 200 free, Dressel and Lochte went head-to-head. Lochte took it out with the lead in 53.31, with Dressel a second behind, but Dressel ran him down to win the race 1:49.99 to 1:50.60. SEC Champion Mitch D’Arrigo was closely behind for 3rd in 1:50.87. Dressel’s lifetime best is a 1:47.34 from last April’s Richmond Pro Swim Series. He was just a couple of tenths off that at the U.S. Open in December. Lochte’s time was a season best and his fastest since 2019 Summer Nationals.

Dressel also posted a 52.90 in finals of the 100 fly. Lochte was 5th there in 55.52. The meet continues though Monday night. In Sunday prelims, Dressel swam the 50 free (22.81) and 400 free (4:08.14). Lochte competed in the 50 free (24.39), 100 back (58.64), and 400 free (4:08.73). True Sweetser, a Stanford All-American who is taking an Olympic redshirt this season, was 2nd in the 400 free prelims at 4:00.68. He placed 5th in the 200 free (1:52.47) and 7th in the 400 IM (4:37.76) on Saturday night. That was Sweetser’s fastest 200 free since 2018.

Other notables from Saturday finals included Candian Olympic Champion Kylie Masse winning the 100 fly in 1:00.20. UVA commit Emma Weyant won the 200 free in 2:00.32. That’s her 2nd fastest performance ever. She also swam her 4th fastest 400 IM ever to win in 4:40.79. Younger sister Gracie Weyant, 14, posted a 1:12.61 in the 100 breast behind Natalie Purnell (1:11.94). Both swam lifetime bests, but the trials cut stands at a 1:10.99 and Purnell is Canadian.

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N P
1 year ago

Lochte and Dressel both looking good in-season. Encouraging times.

Some dude
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

These Florida pros looking like they’re putting in work

ERVINFORT o,ldHEWIN
Reply to  Some dude
1 year ago

Troy has one hell of a fabulous training group there / great signs for this summer

Thomas
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

The 1:50 is encouraging. The 24 50 free and the 58 100 back are interesting

N P
Reply to  Thomas
1 year ago

They’re interesting, but I don’t think necessarily a terrible thing. They’re prelims times after a 400, plus Lochte is one of the biggest taper swimmers ever.

Swim Mom
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

The 50 free and 100 back were both before the 400 today.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

True that he WAS one of the biggest taper swimmer ever. But that was when he was training like crazy and doing the ridiculous strongman stuff on the weekends. With his reduced workload these days to facilitate recovery, I wouldn’t expect the enormous drops he used to make. I could see him doing a 1:47, hopefully 1:56.

bigNowhere
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

His workload was reduced when he trained with Dave Marsh leading up to 2016. Is that still true now that he is back at Florida with Gregg Troy?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  bigNowhere
1 year ago

He’s said so in interviews. I’m sure it’s more than he did with Marsh, but he’s taking workouts and days off that he didn’t in his previous Troy life.

MrBreastroke
Reply to  Thomas
1 year ago

Wait till finals. Yesterday in prelims their times were really slow also. Like 1:55 or something in the 200 free.

Virtus
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

Dressel didn’t look happy after

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

He never looks happy after, just his nature

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

Not enough pre-workout.

Kristiina
1 year ago

Please relase meet full name and result link..

Swammer from Wakanda
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

That is the name of the meet

ClubCoach
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

2020 Florida Swimming OT Qualifier Hosted by YMCA of Central Florida February 15-17, 2020
Results can be found on Meet Mobile

FlyNDie
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

‘Florida Swimming OT Qualifier’
Results on meet mobile

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Kristiina
1 year ago

Results are on MeetMobile, but look under age group, not senior/open.

Luigi
1 year ago

It’s odd to see Lochte go faster than a sprinter the first half

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Luigi
1 year ago

In season, Lochte tires during his races and Dressel seems to struggle with easy speed. So it’s not too surprising.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Sprinters mentality to be worried about dying, but Dressel consistently has really good last 50’s of 200 IM and 200 free when tired. He doesn’t need to take it out so slow.

Sqimgod
Reply to  Luigi
1 year ago

Cuz dressel doesn’t know how to swim a 200 at all

Marmot
Reply to  Sqimgod
1 year ago

Yeah. Caeleb Dressel. No idea how to swim a 200 of anything. Meanwhile…

1:38.13- 200 yard IM
1:47.3 – 200 LCM Freestyle (at a PSS meet)
2:01.72 – 200 LCM IM (at a PSS meet)

Pvdh
Reply to  Sqimgod
1 year ago

If he goes 1:47.3 in season at a PSS meet without knowing what he’s doing…what happens when he’s rested and figures it out?

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

King Kyle with 3:53 last month, and Dressel a 4:00 here. Discuss.

DLSwim
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Pretty good for Dressel.

Young Longhorn
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

No, I don’t think I will

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Feel like Dressel should have been faster, but he is a sprinter whereas Chalmers is more of a 100/200 guy.

Yup
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

You misspelled “Prince Chalmers”

Michael
1 year ago

Why is there no link for Final results?

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