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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It’s interesting he breathes every stroke on freestyle on this race, since he’s known for holding his breath on the last 25 of the 100 fly. Different race obviously, but I won’t what the reasoning is behind it.


One is 43 seconds and the other is a minute and 38 seconds probably.

But there’s a big difference between no breaths at all and breathing every stroke. He could have done every 3 or 5.

when you go a 1:38 talk to me about your breathing pattern

Bon Jovi: Check and mate.

I’m not criticizing him. I know many fast swimmers breath every stroke as a way to keep their rhythm. Michael Phelps breathed every stroke on butterfly. It was just an interesting observation considering he is known for not breathing much in his 100 fly. Chill out, I’m not trying to take anything away from this historic swim.


My guess is the answer to why he breathes every stroke is that it’s faster for him over that distance to breathe every stroke. The key word is distance.

The vast majority of really fast swimmers do what they do because it’s the fastest way for them to swim.

People are so soft lmao, I understand you what you are getting at. I think it’s probably rythm, but I think he does stop breathing the last few strokes and honestly in a race that long I think that’s all you can do without losing so much oxygen that you slow down.

Steve Nolan

He also could’ve dove over the flags, but I’m not gonna complain about it.


How come he didn’t make it 15m off ever wall too?

To be clear, I wasn’t complaining. It was just an observation.

At the end of a race like that breathing every 5 is near impossible, it’s faster for him to breath every two so he can keep a good rhythm and have a good last turn without losing any oxygen

I agree that I think he got into a good rhythm breathing every stroke. It was just an interesting observation.

*wonder not won’t

I don’t get why this has so many down votes. He did the same thing during his 47.1 100 free at World Champs and I questioned it then.

A non-e mouse

Honestly that doesn’t even make sense to me


As momentous as this is, Franklin’s 1:39.10 2free takes the cake on this one

40.00 is the best record in NCAA swimming

Soon 38.98 will be


No way. I remember the same argument between Nolan’s 200 IM and Missy’s 200 free since they were similar times, similar drops, and the same year. This is a full 1.2 seconds off a 200 record – how often does that much happen?

The 1:39.10 200 free record was 1.21 seconds faster than the previous record (which was already held by Franklin).

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