SwimSwam Pulse: 75% Predict Dressel To Make U.S. Olympic 4×200 Free Relay

SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.

Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers whether Caeleb Dressel would make the U.S. Olympic team in the 200 free:

RESULTS

Question: Will Caeleb Dressel make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 200 free?

  • Yes, as a relay swimmer (3rd-6th) – 75.8%
  • Yes, as an individual (Top 2) – 16.8%
  • No – 7.4%

More than three-quarters of voters predicted that Dressel would make the Olympic team as a 4×200 free relay swimmer, with 16.8% more picking Dressel to make the individual 200 free.

That leaves just 7.4% of voters predicting Dressel to avoid the Olympic 200 free entirely. Dressel confirmed earlier this month that he was planning to swim the 200 free at U.S. Olympic Trials, but he could still scratch the race, or swim a one-and-done prelims race, just to get a time for relay consideration.

Dressel should have a very busy Olympic Trials lineup. He’s the favorite to make the Olympic team in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly, events in which he is the defending world champion. He’s the world record-holder in the butterfly and just inches away in both freestyles.

Adding the 4×100 medley relay, 4×100 free relay, and mixed 4×100 medley relay to the mix, Dressel should have six strong Olympic events. Adding the 4×200 free relay could bring him to seven, and the individual 200 free would hit eight. That’s a bit of a magic number, made so by Michael Phelps‘ legendary showings at the 2004 Athens Olympics (then a record 8 medals in a single Games) and 2008 Beijing Olympics (a record 8 gold medals in a single Games).

 

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PFA
16 days ago

As an American I want the US to make the podium but still more likely to not be on the podium than to win gold at this point but it’s still a little early to really tell where everyone is.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  PFA
16 days ago

GBR and RUS look awfully strong in calendar year 2021.

PFA
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
16 days ago

Yeah we kinda know internationally where some are but because trials aren’t for around 1.5 months, were still left wondering how well will the US do. Also Aussie trials are happening soon before US trials but I feel it’s still a bit irrelevant right now 3+ months out of Tokyo when really anything can happen.

Last edited 16 days ago by PFA
Stephen
Reply to  PFA
15 days ago

Aussie trials also 1.5. On the away.

Stephen
Reply to  Stephen
15 days ago

Aussie trials 12th to 17th June……7 weeks

Horninco
Reply to  PFA
16 days ago

Townley anchors in 1:41.9 you heard it here first

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  Horninco
15 days ago

Dreaming.

USA 4x100 Medley Gold Medel 2021
Reply to  Horninco
15 days ago

exactly

usaswimerror
Reply to  Horninco
15 days ago

Didn’t know the Olympics were now scm.

maybe?
16 days ago

They’re gonna need some magic from Dressel just to get a medal in the 4×200 at Tokyo, without him, I would definitely favour GB, Australia and Russia over the US

notaswimmer
16 days ago

Why should Dressel tire himself out to compete in a race in which the US may not even medal in, let alone win gold?

Stephen
Reply to  notaswimmer
15 days ago

I sorta agree with that.

BKP
Reply to  notaswimmer
15 days ago

I think Dressel has shown more integrity than that…if called upon, he will swim the relay.

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