Justin Ress has put on 20 Lbs of Muscle Since Last Year (Video)

Reported by James Sutherland. 


  1. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 21.97
  2. Ali Khalafalla, IST, 22.14
  3. Justin Ress, WOLF, 22.51

After going 48-point once again last night in the 100 free final, Nathan Adrian produced another sub-22 second 50m swim tonight in 21.97, picking up the victory of Indiana’s Ali Khalafalla and Wolfpack Elite’s Justin Ress. Adrian drops his season best by just over a tenth, and jumps up from tied for 23rd to tied for 12th in the world.

Khalafalla took off over three tenths from the morning for 2nd in 22.14, finishing just .02 off his lifetime best. Ress, who went a PB of 22.36 in prelims, had his second fastest swim ever in 22.51. Aaron Greenberg (22.63), Ryan Held (22.64) and Blake Pieroni (22.80) were the other three sub-23 for 4th, 5th and 6th.


  1. Nathan Adrian, CAL, 48.69
  2. Blake Pieroni, IST, 49.13
  3. Justin Ress, WOLF, 49.18

Going up against a loaded field many thought Nathan Adrian‘s 100 freestyle unbeaten streak in the Pro Swim Series was in jeopardy tonight, but he proved he’s still the man with a very impressive swim of 48.69. The Cal Aquatics swimmer was out fast in 23.35, flipping first by nearly three tenths, and then only extended his advantage coming home in 25.34.

Indiana’s Blake Pieroni was a tick off his morning swim for 2nd in 49.13, and Justin Ress managed to close better than his teammate Ryan Held to take 3rd in 49.18 to Held’s 4th place 49.54. The two had identical opening 50s of 23.74. Zach Apple was also sub-50 in 49.91 for 5th.

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I put on 20lbs last year…all abs

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Quite a well spoken young man. He actually had something interesting and enlightening to say to every question. The answers where he talked about not being able to hold his breath the whole 50 and having to work on a part of his turn were particularly interesting. I wish more of the interviews of swimmers were this good.


agreed – he has a good reading of where he is


Unless he’s training as an elite bodybuilder that’s physiologically impossible… Just saying


Yep, would need roids.


It’s not that hard for him. He was literally a tooth pick coming out of HS 6’5” and 165 #.


No it isn’t


I agree he’s probably gotten a lot stronger, 20lbs of muscle is a stretch, you need to be in a coloric surplus to gain muscle, and some of that just being pure fat.


He gained 20 lbs. He said he used to be 193 and now he’s 213. Most people equate gaining x amount of weight while maintaining fitness and body composition to gaining x amount of muscle. The truth is it’s a mix of muscle and fat. He’d need to do body fat measurements to really figure out exactly how much.

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