You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before: Caeleb Dressel 1:38 Video


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Watch below as Caeleb Dressel dominates the men’s 200 IM. For some perspective, Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez, is now the 10th-fastest performer in history.

Dressel’s final time is 1:38.13, the new American, U.S. Open, ,NCAA, and fastest-everything-everywhere record. Read more about the record here. Gonzalez took down the Auburn school record and the SEC Meet Record for his runner-up performance. The top 4 swimmers all hit NCAA A Cuts.

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4 years ago

So that 1:38.07, converted to SCM, would be right up against Ryan Lochte’s WR of 1:49.63. Pretty crazy for someone brand new at IM.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

“You’ve never seen anything like this before.”
You should mention the event and at least in SCY.
Because for me the most impressive 200 IM performance I’ve ever watched was MP in the world final in 2003 in Barcelona when he destroys the field (Thorpe, Rosolino….) and destroys his own world record. He revolutionized the 200 IM that day.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Then you can see why SCY and LCM are 2 different sports. So few strokes here. In the big pool the 200 IM is well different. But unlike Nolan he has already proved he could do pretty well 🙂 in LCM. So tapered I think something around 1.55 high/1.56 low is plausible. But I wonder if it will affect his 50 free speed in the long term or not if he continues to train for IM. Anyway he can’t swim in 2020 the 200 IM without putting in jeopardy his 50 free/100 fly double. Impossible to swim the 3 events. He will have choices to do.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Amazing performance! Dressel is a short course beast! The greatest short course male swimmer of all time. He could break multiple world records in SCM if he swims tapered at SCM worlds. But I don’t know if he plans to go there. It would be great to watch. Congrats to him and his coaches at Florida.

4 years ago

Wow, he makes it look so easy.

4 years ago

“I don’t even really know what I’m doing in an IM” – Caleb Dressel the fastest SCY IMer of all time.

Tea rex
4 years ago

Revolutions per stroke:
9 fly strokes
17 back strokes
10 breast strokes
25 free strokes

Credit where it’s due, but this doesn’t translate to LC. Elite IMers (Lochte/Phelps) do almost twice as many of each stroke in a 200 IM lcm. Glad Dressel got a great 200 IM into his career. I’ll be surprised if he keeps swimming it post-college.

Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

Yea there’s no way any of his events could transfer to lcm. Too much underwater in all of them

Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Yea there’s just no way.
21.15 50 free
47.17 100 free
49.86 100 fly + 49.82 split

Don’t tell me Dressel isn’t the best in the world right now, and don’t even try saying he’s not good at lcm. It might not translate to lcm in the sense that he’ll break the record by a second and a half but if he actually trains for 50/100 free, 200 im, 100 fly, then he could win them all. Dressel has great stroke, which people seem to forget alot. It’s lot like you would plop him back into that 100 fly with no dive and he would lose. He’s world class no matter what.

4 years ago

He actually outsplit Gonzalez, who is a 1:39 200 backstroker (and who will probably go faster than that at this meet), on the back leg. In fact the only 2 people who went faster were his florida teamates.

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