Ultra Swim Swimmer of the Month is a recurring SwimSwam feature shedding light on a U.S.-based swimmer who has proven themselves over the past month. As with any item of recognition, Swimmer of the Month is a subjective exercise meant to highlight one athlete whose work holds noteworthy context – perhaps a swimmer who was visibly outperforming other swimmers over the month, or one whose accomplishments slipped through the cracks among other high-profile swims. If your favorite athlete wasn’t selected, feel free to respectfully recognize them in our comment section.
Could it be anyone else?
Caeleb Dressel put up American records in two off-events this month at the SEC Championships. When a 17.9 relay split is in the ballpark of your third-best swim of the month, you’ve had a heck of a month.
Perhaps Dressel’s most impressive swim was a 1:38.13 in the 200 IM, obliterating the standing American and NCAA records by over a second. He’s just the second man to break 1:40 and the first to break 1:39, finishing almost two and a half seconds faster than Michael Phelps ever was in the short course pool.
Then there’s the 50.03 in the 100 breast, probably Dressel’s third-best stroke at best, and maybe his fifth-best event overall. (He’s the defending world and NCAA champ in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly with historic swims untouched by anyone else in history, so the breaststroke is probably in contention with his 200 IM for spot #4 on his ‘top events’ list). That’s the fastest swim in history.
Dressel is expected to return to his native 50 free/100 free/100 fly combo at NCAAs, though he could still swap out an event for one of these two. Regardless, Dressel is our clear-cut Swimmer of the Month for February.
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