Is Dressel The Greatest Yards Swimmer of All-Time? GMM presented by SwimOutlet.com

Gold Medal Minute presented by SwimOutlet.com

7-time World Championship gold medalist and 2016 Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel continues to wow us. After the 2018 SEC Championships, see his yards record times so far:

  • 50 yard free – 18.20
  • 100 yard free – 40.00
  • 100 yard butterfly – 43.58
  • 100 yard breaststroke – 50.03
  • 200 yard IM – 1:38.13

SO MANY QUESTIONS…

ONE: Is Dressel the greatest yards swimmer of all-time?  I think so. I can’t think of anyone else as fast across a wide range of strokes. You could make the case that Pablo Morales is the man with his 11 NCAA Championship wins, but he didn’t crush it across so many strokes.  Caeleb’s got fly, free and breast locked up, with 200 IM as the bonus record stunner.

TWO: Is Dressel facing off with Joe Schooling in the 100 fly at NCAAs or will he swim 100 breast?  I could see Dressel swimming 100 breaststroke, but I think he’s swimming 100 fly after his 49.8 100m fly last summer.  100 breast at NCAAs appears to be an easier win, but I don’t think Coach Troy (or Dressel) cares about that.

THREE: Does Dressel dip under 40 flat in the 100 free? 

FOUR: Is a 17.99 50 free more impressive than 39.99 100 free? 

FIVE: What swimwear brand lands this guy?  He turns pro after NCAAs…. I have no clue, but it’s going to be interesting to see. What do you think?

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Anonymous
2 years ago

He’s going to sign with Mizuno

Joel Lin
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel Stewart
2 years ago

I’m going to go with Nike. I think they will see in both Katie Ledecky & in him a real sustainable sponsored athlete duo for the next 2 Olympic cycles. I could also see Simone Manuel to make 3.

Nobody can compete with Nike. It’s just a matter of whether they want to do it.

Go Bearcats
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

I was told Nike is stepping down from swimming. I don’t think they’ve made a new fast suit in a few years.

Dudeman
Reply to  Go Bearcats
2 years ago

They’ve already stepped down from making racing suits, they had a tech suit a few years ago but I think they disappeared in 2014 or around that time. If Dressel gets a deal with Nike for clothing and athletic wear that would be pretty huge

JP input is too short
Reply to  Go Bearcats
2 years ago

Dang. I still have a Nike tech suit from my senior year of college in my closet that might be wearable… may have to wear it at my next meet in homage.

wowo
Reply to  Go Bearcats
2 years ago

Nike dropped comp swimming a couple years ago… the NG1 was their tech suit- a pretty decent one at that– as a dealer I scooped up 60 of them for $20 a piece when I noticed they bowed out… gave them all to underprivileged kids…This was 2 years ago- so they may decide to try and jump back in

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Joel Lin
2 years ago

Any other brand can compete with Nike – since they are not super pro’s on the swimming side ( Compare to Speedo or Finis or Arena )

Tea rex
Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Is there a swimsuit brand that doesn’t have strings for him to leave untucked?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

He will dip under 40.00 in the 100 yard free …like a 39.89 and he will be facing Joseph S. in the 100 fly for the win .

Bill Adelberger
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

Will he swim the 800 free relay, perhaps as lead-off, and be the first man to swim under 1:30? Would make sense given his ability to perform in a longer (duration) event, the 2IM, and his dominance in freestyle. If so he’d achieve (or be near to achieving) significant milestones: sub 18 50FR, sub 40 1FR, sub 1:30 2Fr, sub 50 1Br, sub 44 1Fl, sub 1:40 2IM.

In the same vein, if he can go 1:38 in the 2IM he can also set records in 2BR and 2FL.

Would be interesting to see him swim internationally in 25m format.

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Bill Adelberger
2 years ago

He would crush the 200. Plus an easy 300 warm down and he would be under the AR for the 500.

BaldingEagle
Reply to  Bill Adelberger
2 years ago

If he’s on the 800 FR, that takes him off one of the others. It’s a matter of what splits potentially replace whatever leg he splits in the other relays. There is also the consideration of whether the 800 FR has as much potential upside with him on that relay as taking him off another relay.

gosharks
Reply to  Bill Adelberger
2 years ago

Granted it was on Day 2 back then, I always think back to Natalie Coughlin’s senior year when she was put on the 800 free relay for the first time, led off in an NCAA record (SCM), and then was upset on Day 3 in the 200 back. This might not be the meet to play with the schedule too much.

swimmer123
Reply to  Bill Adelberger
2 years ago

I’d still be careful extrapolating the 2 IM to 2 BR and 2 FL. He’s a different kind of animal so I would never say he couldn’t do those events eventually, but they require an entirely different amount of stroke training and focus to build up the muscular endurance to be competitive in them. Being solid in the stroke 100s and having a good 200 IM is pretty common. His sprint training mixed with his range allow him to swim 50/100/200 free (everyone swims a lot of free in practice regardless of event), all stroke 100s and 200 IM. I still doubt he’d be setting records in the 200 strokes at this point. I think it would take more of… Read more »

Pvdh
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

Can you imagine the other swimmers in that race walking in with Dressel and schooling. The defending World and Olympic champions. The two fastest ever in SCY. And the two (real) fastest ever in LCM

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

i imagine it must be hard to step on the blocks with those 2 scy monsters in a NCAA final . I would not feel so well indeed

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

I think Joe is in trouble this year. There are a couple who could take him out in the 200 and maybe the 100 as well.

Daniel Jablonski
2 years ago

I think Dressel will swim 100 fly just to screw with Schooling again.

CRB
Reply to  Daniel Jablonski
2 years ago

You think or you hope? (I certainly hope)

Joel
Reply to  CRB
2 years ago

Hope for sure

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Joel
2 years ago

Done Deal

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

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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