Watch Caeleb Dressel Become 2nd-Fastest Performer in 200 SCM IM in U.S. History

2021 INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING LEAGUE – SEASON 3, MATCH 6

Match 6 of the 2021 season of the International Swimming League gave fans a surprise match-up between IM juggernauts Daiya Seto of the Tokyo Frog Kings and Caeleb Dressel of the Cali Condors.

Dressel is the American, U.S. Open, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 short course yards version of the race, as well as the 100 short course meters IM World Record holder. Despite this, prior to Saturday, he had never raced the 200 IM in short course meters. In his event debut, Dressel posted a 1:51.14, only losing to Tokyo’s Seto by 0.02. Dressel’s swim also makes him the 2nd-fastest American ever in the event behind World Record holder Ryan Lochte who set the mark in 2012.

Dressel chose not to swim the second day of the match due to illness, which could mean his day 1 performances could have been better still.

Video – Dressel vs Seto, 200 IM

Splits Comparison

Dressel vs Seto

Dressel Seto
Fly 24.73 24.73
Back 28.89 27.98
Breast 31.80 31.39
Free 25.72 27.02
Total 1:51.14 1:51.12

Dressel vs Lochte

Dressel 2021 Lochte 2012
Fly 24.73 23.71
Back 28.89 27.03
Breast 31.80 31.74
Free 25.72 27.15
Total 1:51.14 1:49.63

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tea rex
11 days ago

Seto also won the nail polish game.

Landen
Reply to  tea rex
10 days ago

I loved that

oxyswim
11 days ago

Let’s give random shots of the crowd during the race.

Joel
Reply to  oxyswim
11 days ago

It’s so annoying

Mike
Reply to  oxyswim
11 days ago

They seem to have really increased that Over the last two matches. What ever they think that they are getting out of it they’re wrong.

bobthebuilderrocks
11 days ago

Dressel out a full second slower in the fly than Lochte in 2012? This world record is his if he wants it.

Last edited 11 days ago by bobthebuilderrocks
Canadian Swammer
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
11 days ago

Lochte 50.7 to the 100 though 🤢

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
11 days ago

WR holder in the 100 fly in SCM and LCM takes out the 200 IM one full second slower than a 200 backstroker lol.

Maybe CD should take a page from MA’s book and just yeet it. Can’t close slower than 30.69 surely.

Kelly

I think he was sick before this race. He surely would have went out faster.

Deepblue
11 days ago

Well I was right, Rowdy did go nuts on this one. But I did too… world’s best sprinter and best all around swimmer just .02 apart. It would be epic if they both threw down a WR battle in semi’s

HJones
Reply to  Deepblue
11 days ago

Seto can’t be called the best all around swimmer, especially after that Olympic flop. Scott or Dressel would be my pick for best all-round swimmer.

Joel
Reply to  HJones
11 days ago

It’s Seto or Scott in the mens. Look at what they both did this weekend. No way that Dressel is best all round.

Kelly
Reply to  Joel
10 days ago

Having the world record in 50 free and being 6th best performer at the 200IM doesn’t make Dressel great all around?

Rafael
Reply to  Kelly
10 days ago

great, but not the best..

Kelly
Reply to  Rafael
10 days ago

name someone that is better

Rafael
Reply to  Kelly
10 days ago

Ducan can swim from 50 to 400 in both SCM and LCM. that is a bigger range, same for Seto or Hagino. Unless Dressel can show he has that range on 200+ on LCM specially I think is hard to see he is better all around as much of his IM on SCM is his otherwordly UW (And that is no downplaying him, but could he swim a 200 or 400 LCM race to say he is the better all around)?

And that is not saying that Dressel is not a better swimmer, I think he is the current best male swimmer of the world, but not the best all around.

Landen
Reply to  HJones
11 days ago

If we are factoring in short course, Seto is still the best all around- the guy can win the 2 fly, 2 breast, both major IM’s and could probably compete in the 200 free and get top 4 in any given race right now. That’s dressel level versatility over longer distances.

BKP
Reply to  Landen
10 days ago

In a Finals situation, I would think that Seto is a “lock” in the 400IM and then the 2Fly. Probably top 3-5 in the 2Breast. In a rested/tapered situation, I would say advantage Dressel in the 2IM. I would agree that Seto could probably final in the 2Free

Dressel would be favored in 100 & 50Free, 100IM, 100Fly, 50Fly (top 3), probably the 200IM, and could also probably final in the 2Free and even 50Breast.

I would say that Dressel is the most versatile at the moment

Canadian Swammer
Reply to  BKP
10 days ago

Seto is actually 5th all time in 200br with Gyurta, and Qin Haiyang not competing afaik and Prigoda being a bit inconsistent compared to Daiya so I’d say 3-5th is a little conservative. Seto has some very respectable distance free and a 56 in the 100br as well.

I am inclined to agree with you that Dressel is more valuable in this short course ISL format. However, “most versatile” is tricky because Seto certainly has more elite times across all of the events, but less “super elite” times.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  HJones
10 days ago

What about MA? I know he blew cookies at the Olympics, but World-class in 4 strokes (well, for a 50 of free, of course), top time in the 200 IM? Unlike Dressel, had the range to go from a 50 to a 200 to make the Olympic team in individual events. There’s no one in the sport that can claim that.

HJones
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 days ago

MA and Seto can be considered among the best, but they should not be in the conversation for THE best all-around swimmer. Sorry, you need to do it when it counts, and neither did–not a single individual medal between the two, and don’t give me that MA won a relay gold, either of Fink or Wilson in his spot would’ve still given USA the win and the WR.

Virtus
Reply to  HJones
10 days ago

Dressel? 💀

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Deepblue
10 days ago

Makes me remember that Flo has medaled in the 50’s of every stroke at SCM Worlds, with golds in fly, back (WR), free (then WR), and a bronze in breast. No one can touch that.

Anonymoose
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 days ago

Blume can and has

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Anonymoose
10 days ago

Well played, Sir.

Vitto0113
11 days ago

That 27.03 on the backstroke leg by lochte in 2012. Amazing

Kirill
11 days ago

It’s scary to see Dressel go that fast in his 1st 200 im. Last year he went from 51.mid to 49.2 in the 100 over the season. If he keeps on swimming this the world record is his.

Vitto0113
11 days ago

Can we talk about 27.03 backstroke leg by lochte 2012?

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