At a press conference in Gainesville on Thursday, Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy and American Record holder Caeleb Dressel addressed the media about the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials. When asked about the qualities that make Caeleb so successful, Troy compared Dressel to one of the best athletes to ever come out of the Florida swimming program: Olympic champion Ryan Lochte. One of the similarities between the two is their versatility. While Caeleb’s best skill set is speed at the moment, Troy believes he could keep up with the best in events other than the sprint frees. Because this is an Olympic year, the focus has been on the 50 and 100, but Troy doesn’t think we’ve seen all that Caeleb can do in his other events.
At trials next month, Dressel will focus on the 50 and 100 freestyles, but may play around with some other events. We could see him in the 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 free. That’s a decision they’ll make closer to the start of the meet, but Troy seems confident in his ability to perform well in any of those 3 events.