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:
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).
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters for the best description of the #1 pick in this summer’s ISL draft:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner