Dressel on 100 Fly: “It was bad… I wasn’t gonna go a world record tonight”


Reported by Anne Lepesant.


  • World Record: 49.45 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • American Record: 49.45 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • US Open Record: 49.76 – Caeleb Dressel (2021)
  • Jr World Record: 50.62 – Kristof Milak (2017)
  • FINA “A” Cut: 51.96
  • SwimSwam Preview – M100 Fly


  1. Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club – 50.20
  2. Michael Andrew, MA Swim Academy – 50.88
  3. Trenton Julian, Unattached – 51.10
  4. Dare Rose, Cal – 51.40
  5. Luca Urlando, DART – 51.76
  6. Zach Harting, Cardinal Aquatics – 52.23
  7. Drew Kibler, Texas – 52.39
  8. Maxime Rooney, Pleasanton Seahawks – 52.69

Caeleb Dressel added .19 from his morning swim but it was still enough to win the men’s 100 fly final by nearly half a body length. Dressel came to the wall in 50.20, .66 ahead of Michael Andrew (50.88). Andrew was right with Dressel at the 50, trailing by only .09 (23.58 to 23.67), but Dressel’s underwater off the wall put him way in front of the field and he came home sixth-tenths faster.


Dressel – 23.58/26.62
Andrew – 23.67/27.21

Trenton Julian had a stunning second 50, matching Dressel’s 26.6, but it wasn’t enough to catch Andrew for second place given Julian’s .8-second deficit at the 50.

Dressel’s 50.01 from prelims remains the top swim in the world so far this season, while Andrew moves up to tie for third place.

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1 year ago

The post-olympics WC is always the one where the big fish are a little off. He’s in the pool, doing decent times, and not having any public relations nightmares caused by deep issues or anything. Mediocre times might work out well if they help remotivate/give him some rest as he gets ready to really pop at the next olympics

Reply to  Teddy
1 year ago

Nothing mediocre about 50.01, 47.7, 22.8

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 year ago

Same energy as Milak’s reaction after the Olympic 200 fly

1 year ago

His level of self-criticism is only sustainable for a select breed of people. If I nitpicked the way he does (not only w/re: to swimming, but in life generally), I’d lose my mind. Even still, I think the mindset that you can always do better is something to be applauded.

Reply to  PVK
1 year ago

His level of self-criticism is not sustainable for him either.

Reply to  anonymous
1 year ago

Yea dude should really lighten up on himself imo. I get that it motivates him but he’s gonna burn himself at some point. Dudes got a legacy that’s set in stone. If he takes some pressure off he’d be swimming more freely which would be good for him.

Elaine McCluskey
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

I love Dressel and all that he has accomplished. I hope he finds balance and joy in his life. Thanks for the thrills, Caleb. You were remarkable.

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1 year ago


Reply to  PVK
1 year ago

The trick is for an athlete to nitpick himself, so his/her coach doesn’t have to.

1 year ago

As much as I appreciate his hunger to always find ways to be better at every aspect, it is precisely this kind of mentality that eats away at someone’s mental health over time… Dressel does sometimes point out the things that he did well in races, but it’s very tricky to balance being harsh on yourself while also acknowledging your efforts, if left unchecked it can easily spiral into something unsustainable

Last edited 1 year ago by Justhereforfun
Reply to  Justhereforfun
1 year ago

I agree – it’s okay for the best swimmer in the world (at least on the mens side) to pat himself on the back. We know he’s humble he doesnt have to prove that anymore

1 year ago

Actually Caeleb nailing the timing of the warmup is pretty damn important don’t blame you for talking about that as it can set the tone for the rest of the meet.

Last edited 1 year ago by PFA
Steve Nolan
1 year ago

It does take a while to scope out how many stalls there are at each venue

michael mooney
1 year ago

Maybe he just needs more rest. Too many dumb events like the 50’s. Other than 50 free.. they waste time and energy. Bet he sizzles on the 50..well rested…

Last edited 1 year ago by michael mooney
Reply to  michael mooney
1 year ago

The only extra event he swam was the 50 fly.

1 year ago

He wants to break 49

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