How Fast Will Caeleb Dressel Swim At U.S. Olympic Trials?

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.comOlympic swimming champion Caeleb Dressel  notched fast swims at the Mission Pro Swim, signaling he is on course for a great U.S. Olympic Trials in June:

Dressel Mission Pro Swim Times:

  • 50 free  – 21.83
  • 100 free – 48.82 (prelim swim, scratched the final to fly home early)
  • 200 free – 1:47.57
  • 100 fly – 51.61

In this interview Caeleb is his own worst critic, recapping his entire season. He also sheds some light on the pressures of being a swim star on run-up to the Olympic summer.


Yes, I am playing the Dressel prediction game again. I was way too safe last time. See version one of my predictions:

  • 50 free – 21 point 3
  • 100 free – 47 point 2
  • 100 fly – 49 point 9
  • 200 free – prelims one – 1, 45 point 9

See my new predictions after seeing Dressel’s Mission Pro Swim races, and being heckled by SwimSwam commenters for being a wimp:

  • 50 free – 21 point 1
  • 100 free – 47 point 1
  • 100 fly – 49 point 7
  • 200 free – prelims only – 1, 45 point 2

But who cares what I think? It is all about  what you think. Give me your best swimming analysis.

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6 days ago

I’m going to be extremely bold and say, very.

Reply to  Togger
6 days ago

Thank you for bravely sticking your neck out like this. We appreciate the granularity in your projections.

6 days ago

He’ll swim as fast as necessary at trials and wait to make his statements until Tokyo.

Reply to  Billy
6 days ago

I don’t think he wants to risk anything. He will be fully tapered.

Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
6 days ago

I agree

Reply to  Hswimmer
6 days ago

Yessir, agree. Trials are a poor choice for risk taking.

Michael Schwartz
Reply to  Billy
6 days ago

IDK…I mean, how tapered was Lochte going into trials in 08 and 12? Just curious. I feel like that would be a good comparison.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Michael Schwartz
6 days ago

I think Lochte was fully tapered at 2008 trials, because he went slower in almost every event at the Olympics. In 2012 he said he wasn’t fully rested.

Reply to  Mr Piano
6 days ago

He also got very ill in beijing before the meet

Reply to  eagleswim
6 days ago

From what I recall in Beijing he made the mistake of drinking tap water.

Unknown Swimmer
Reply to  Mr Piano
6 days ago

You also have a little more margin for error in most of Lochte’s events – in a super deep 50/100 free field, a couple tenths could easily relegate him to relay-only

6 days ago

I think he will be way faster in 200 free if he swims all three races.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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