2019 MISSION VIEJO SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS
Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel stormed his way to the top 5 times in the world this year and the top time in the US in the 50 free. Dressel won the men’s 50 free with a time of 21.51, slicing half a second off the meet/Mission Viejo pool record of 21.90 by Nathan Adrian.
Dressel’s time now puts him at #4 in the world, less than 5/100 away from Ben Proud and Vladimir Morozov. Dressel is also the fastest American this year
Dressel also swam the 200 free earlier in the meet, where he placed 5th in the final at 1:50.59. He led prelims with a 1:48.87, just a second off his season best of 1:47.31. Winning the event was Chinese Jiayu Xu, stopping the clock at 1:47.83. Swimming under 1:48 for second place was Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann with a 1:47.95.
During the semis of the women’s 50 breast, Breeja Larson led into the finals with a meet record time of 30.70. Swimming under her season best of 31.38, she is now the 10th-fastest event performer in the world this year. Larson won the final in a 30.78, nearly a second ahead of Annie Lazor‘s 31.50.
More Meet Highlights:
- Allison Schmitt held off Cierra Runge to win the women’s 200 free with a 1:59.33. Runge settled for second as the only other sub-2 minute swim with a 1:59.45.
- Breaking the women’s 200 back meet record was 16-year-old Chinese Xuwei Peng, swimming sub-2:10 with a 2:09.84. Peng’s season best is a 2:09.61, ranking in the top 20 times in the world.
- Winning the men’s 200 back is Team Elite’s Jacob Pebley with a 1:57.78. Pebley’s season best of 1:56.19 is in the top 10 times in the world.
- Smashing 4 seconds off her 400 IM season best was Ally McHugh, winning the women’s 400 IM in a 4:41.03. McHugh’s time is now the 7th-fastest time in the country and just entered the top 25 times in the world.
- China’s Yizhe Wang dropped 8 seconds from prelims to win the men’s 400 IM with a 4:19.18.
- Another Chinese-native, Zibei Yan, won the men’s 50 breast with a meet record time of 26.98. Yan’s season best of 26.96 from Chinese Nationals is the 8th-fastest time in the world this year.
- Earning Team China’s 5th win of the evening was Menghui Zhu, storming to the top of the women’s 50 free final with a 24.80. Zhu’s time has now bumped her from #28 to #19 in the world this year.