Watch Caeleb Dressel Torch 50.36 100 Fly, Scare U.S. Open Record (Race Video)

by Maclin Simpson 62

June 24th, 2019 News, Race Videos, Video

2019 MISSION VIEJO SWIM MEET OF CHAMPIONS

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Video captured by Herbie Behm. Reported by Karl Ortegon.

Caeleb Dressel‘s string of impressive in-season performances this season continued tonight in Mission Viejo, as he won the 100 fly in a new world #1 time of 50.36. He split 23.82 going out and came back in 26.54, coming just short of Michael Phelps’ 50.22 US Open record from 2009 US Nationals.

For some context, not only is that just a world #1 time, but it’s faster than what it took to win gold in Rio in 2016 (Joseph Schooling’s 50.39, the current Olympic record). Only three men have ever broken 50 seconds in this race: world record-holder Michael Phelps (49.82), Dressel himself (49.86), and Serbian Milorad Cavic (49.95). Counting Dressel’s 49.82 from 2017 World Champs, his swim tonight is the eighth-best performance of all-time.

This year, only France’s Mehdy Metella has been under 51 seconds with a 50.85 from the French Championships in April.

This is the fourth-best performance of Dressel’s career, and faster than he was in all of 2018 (his best last year was a 50.50).

When looking at Dressel’s list of top swims in this event, this time really stands out. In 2018, he went 50.50 at Summer Nationals and then 50.75 at Pan Pacs. This time from tonight is over a full second better than his previous in-season best– in May, at the Atlanta Classic, he went a 51.41, which was his old in-season best.

He was 52.08 in-season in 2017 and then 50.87 at Nationals before he went his best time 49.86 in Budapest. After being off of his bests last year, this summer could be a very memorable one for Dressel.

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SwimSwamSwum
3 years ago

Is it possible for tailwind to push someone forward during a swim/race? I’m not sure if it would or wouldn’t.

Floater
3 years ago

Here…for what it’s worth. CD breaks MP’s 100 fly WR by at least half a second! That’s 49.4, but I’m feeling 49.3. We’ll see…..

mr piano
3 years ago

Mr. Dressel will go a 48.77 in August. Trust me on this. Anyone want to bet Money?

Selzo
3 years ago

Still don’t think Dressel will break the World record next July.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Selzo
3 years ago

Me neither, I think he’ll break it this July

Selzo
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

I doubt so he will break it next month.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Selzo
3 years ago

he will , he is too close not to break it

Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

I feel like what they’re doing is trying to make this meet their simulation of 2017 nationals before 2017 worlds, so … in 2017 Caeleb knocked down his nationals time by about 2.06%, if we knock 2.06% off of his 50.36 we get approximately 49.32 … I’m not sure if he will go THAT fast but I would sure like to see it, and wouldn’t put it past him.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol’ Gator
3 years ago

He isn’t shaved here, right? If not, 49.3.

Ol’ Gator
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 years ago

Probably not

SwimGeek
3 years ago

Absolutely no fade in that race. amazing

Luigi
3 years ago

His fly is much better looking than his freestyle. Then again he is a monster at both.

Tm71
Reply to  Luigi
3 years ago

Too bad the finals for the 50 free and 100 fly are on the same night

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Luigi
3 years ago

Part of me wants for him to give up the 50 free and make a real commitment to the 200 fly so that we could enjoy Dressel-Luca races for the next 6-8 years.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Luca would win, every time.

mr piano
Reply to  Mr Piano
3 years ago

Nah, caeleb is more explosive. More fast twitch muscle fibers = greater power and strength.

Anonymous
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

Luca-Milak duels will be plenty exciting

Brownish
Reply to  Anonymous
3 years ago

Luca with Kenderesi or perhaps with some others and Milak with himself 😉

Horninco
3 years ago

PA Guy: “wow”