Townley Haas Spent 2 Weeks Training with Caeleb Dressel in Gainesville

Townley Haas spent 2 weeks training with Gregg Troy, Caeleb Dressel, and the University of Florida post-graduate group. The connection came via the Cali Condors, where Troy was the head coach, Dressel was the team’s superstar swimmer, and Jan Switkowski was also on the Gator roster.

“I just treated it as a training trip,’ the 23-year old Haas said. “I’ve heard that sometimes a small change of pace can be good. Caeleb (Dressel) and coach (Gregg) Troy do great and I decided that Florida would be a good place to go and get some training in.”

Haas says that his first test of the training trip will likely be in March at the Pro Swim Series stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

The largely-international group included Dressel, although he and Haas don’t overlap substantially in events – Dressel is the defending World Champion in the 50 fly, 100 fly, 50 free, and 100 free, while Haas specializes in the 200 free. Dressel can certainly swim the 200 free, though – his best time, unrested, of 1:47.31 means that if he swims the race at the Olympic Trials, he’ll probably earn at least a relay spot for Tokyo.

The group overall, though, has a significant middle-to-distance focus. Other swimmers Haas trained with include Tomas Peribonio, Enzo Martinez, Ivan Soruco, Mitch D’Arrigo, Santiago Corredor, and True Sweetser – a Gator collegian who is taking a redshirt season from Stanford to train in Gainesville.

Haas, who finished his college career at the University of Texas in 2019 with 18 All-America Awards, an NCAA Record in the 500 free (4:08.19), and 10 NCAA event titles, still trains primarily in Austin as part of the University of Texas post-grad group. As the 2020 Olympic Trials approach, more-and-more swimmers are taking trips and forming training super-groups

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Stan Crump
1 year ago

Sometimes a change is as good as a rest.

1 year ago

Hes trynna have that peak Lochte 200 free.

Speaking of which, Isn’t Lochte training at UF?

Reply to  Dbswims
1 year ago

Who knows 😳😳

Some Dude
1 year ago

He’s looking like he’s in good shape compared to ncaas last year

Reply to  Some Dude
1 year ago

He’s smart training with the Best

1 year ago

Still no tan 😂

1 year ago


1 year ago

I assumed this was to learn how to do a start.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  50free
1 year ago

It was to see at close range a fast-twitch muscle fire.

1 year ago

If you look closely in the first pic you can see the splash from True Sweetser’s kick underneath Townley’s arm. This is because he was doing extra 500’s fast while everyone else was posing for Instagram. Juice WRLD would be proud

1 year ago

Dude second from right at risk of popping out there!

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