WATCH: Caeleb Dressel Swim 21.3 in Skins Finale, Other ISL Naples Race Videos


Caeleb Dressel made a statement in his first appearance at the International Swimming League this weekend, earning MVP, the $5,000 bonus check that comes with it, and the coveted triple-points (and triple-money) ‘skins’ race.

He wasn’t quite perfect – Chad le Clos pipped him by .01 seconds in the 100 fly – but the Condors couldn’t have hoped for much more from their captain and superstar in his first meet this weekend in Naples, Italy. Arguably his most impressive performance came in that meet-closing ‘skins’ event. Even with Energy Standard already in command of the team title for the weekend, Dressel was inexhaustable in the 50 free, swimming 21.05, 21.31, and 21.33 in the 3 rounds. He was dominant in the final ahead of France’s Florent Manaudou, who won last week but was 1.8 seconds back in the final this week.

Watch that final below, along with select other races from Naples, below:

Dressel (CAC) def. Manaudou (ENS) in men’s 50 free skins race:

Dressel vs. Manaudou in individual men’s 50 free

Sjostrom def. Energy Standard teammate Heemskerk for the 2nd-straight week in women’s skins finale

Le Clos (ENS) def. Dressel (CAC) by .01 in men’s 100 fly

Men’s 400 medley relay – Aqua Upset Lights Up Naples; Energy Standard DQ’ed

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Philip Johnson

I know Florent has been out of swimming for awhile, but to destroy an Olympic champ like that in a 50 race is pretty amazing.


Manadou never had to worry about swimming back to back races like this before. Dressel is one of the best to ever swim the NCAA and race multiple events in a very short time frame so he is pretty much made for this racing format


Dressel’s round 3 is only 0.02s slower than round 2. That’s something special.


after the start’s full dive in & breakout , it was already over ! Amazing


I really think Florent being out for so long has everything to do with why he lost


… by that much. This format is tailor-made for CD

Ol' Longhorn

Troy’s favorite sprint workout, according to a recent article, is 60 X 25 SCYs from the blocks on :60, with Dressel keeping them all under 9 seconds to the feet. Skins races are a comparative walk in the park.


Is this real

Sun Yangs Hammer

No way. I mean… I believe he did the set… and I believe Troy had a stopwatch that maybe said 8.xx every time. But absolutely no way did he legitimately go under 9.00 with electronic timing to the feet 60 times with less than a minute to get out and walk back every time. He ‘only’ goes out in 8.48 at NCAAs in his record setting swim. His other splits that day were 8.54 and 8.74. Nobody else at the meet even went under 9.00 at all. If you believe he did this set then you’d have to believe he can go 18 low any day of the week (ie every single dual meet ever); spoiler alert: he doesn’t. That’s… Read more »

Max Polianski

If you know Troy (or any other coach) then, 60×25 would be a workout that he would do towards the end of a season (after dual meet season is done) – possible that he might not be under 9.00 every time, but, we also said going under 18 would be almost impossible, yet here we are.


I’d guess that the reality is “9 seconds or lower” as in 9.99 or faster. Plus I’m pretty sure UF has blocks at both ends, so we’re not talking about a walk-around.


But if you read the article it says both “:8- to the feet” and “get out and walk around”

Steve Nolan

Jeebus. How much time is between these rounds again? I wanna guess it’s either 2 or 6 minutes. (Maybe I read it’s 2 minutes in between and 6 minutes total? Idk my brain don’t work good anymore Post Comment)


I believe they swim every 3 mins

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