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September isn’t a very busy month of swimming for most Americans. But for Sherridon Dressel it was.
The Florida women swam dual meets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week, and Dressel starred. Here’s a look at each of her 9 swims between the three meets. Career-bests are bolded:
|Meet||Event||Time||Best Time Last September||
Career-Best as of last week
|@ FIU 9/26||100 back||52.87||55.54||50.93|
|@ FIU 9/26||50 back (relay leadoff)||24.91||25.69||25.25|
|@ FIU 9/26||50 free (relay split)||22.36|
|@ Miami 9/27||100 free||49.89||50.25||48.65|
|@ Miami 9/27||100 fly||53.21||55.66||53.84|
|@ Miami 9/27||100 free (relay split)||49.10|
|@FAU 9/28||50 back (relay leadoff)||24.38||25.69||25.25|
|@FAU 9/28||50 free||22.89||23.41||22.41|
|@FAU 9/28||100 free (relay split)||49.23|
Dressel is light years ahead of where she was at this point last season. Her 100 back and 100 fly are more than two seconds faster than she was in September of 2018, and her sprint freestyles are both proving roughly half a second faster. Maybe most impressive were her two lifetime-bests in the 50 back leading off Florida’s medleys. Last year, they used Dressel on fly of the 200 medley relay in the postseason, but with freshman Talia Bates swimming pretty well in fly, Dressel might be a solid leadoff option.
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