Bruno Fratus Out-Touches Dressel in 50 Free in Mission Viejo; Weitzeil Swims Nation-Leading 24.5

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Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

31-year-old Bruno Fratus out-touched Caeleb Dressel in the 50 freestyle at Mission Viejo at the TYR Pro Swim Series as the gold and silver medalist from the last two Worlds lined up alongside each other in southern California in a battle of the titans.

Fratus won the matchup with a 21.80 to Dressel’s 21.83 as Fratus is using this meet as a chance to qualify for the Olympic Games for Brazil, as this would be his third trip if he is to get selected.

American Olympic favorites Michael Andrew (22.13) and Nathan Adrian (22.29) placed third and fourth in the one-lapper as they both look to factor into the 50 free at Olympic Trials in June.

Also in the race, 35-year-old Matt Targett, who swam at Auburn and at two Olympics for Australia, placed eighth at 22.62 in his swimming comeback.

Abbey Weitzeil threw down a 24.57 in the 50 freestyle on Saturday morning at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Mission Viejo as her time is the fastest any American has been this year, lowering her own season best of 24.9 from January. Weitzeil is aiming for her second Olympics as she swam the 50 and 100 free in Rio and looks to be a big favorite to do that again in Tokyo five years later.

Team Rebel’s Kasia Wasick, who represents Poland internationally, was second at 24.73 in lowering her own season best time. She was a star in the ISL this season for the New York Breakers. Another ISL star, Beryl Gastaldello, was third here in California with a 25.18 ahead of Kelsi Dahlia (25.30) and Kalia Antoniou (25.30).

 Event 13  Women 50 LC Meter Freestyle
=========================================================================
        World: W 23.67  7/29/2017 Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
     American: A 23.97  7/30/2017 Simone Manuel, USA
    U.S. Open: O 24.08  6/1/2019  Pernille Blume, DEN
     Jr World: J 24.33  9/15/2017 Rikako Ikee, JPN
     Pro Swim: P 24.17  2016      Sarah Sjostrom
                 25.65  W-II Oly Trials Wave II
                 25.99  W-I Oly Trials Wave I
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 Abbey Weitzeil   24 California Aquat    24.80      24.57        
         r:+0.63                       
  2 *Katarzyna Wasi  29 Team Rebel Aquat    24.85      24.73        
         r:+0.65                       
  3 *Beryl Gastalde  26 Aggie Swim Club-    25.33      25.18        
         r:+0.59                       
  4 Kelsi Dahlia     26 Cardinal Aquatic    25.42      25.30        
         r:+0.60                       
  4 *Kalia Antoniou  21 Univ Alabama Swi    25.40      25.30        
         r:+0.67                       
  6 Julie Meynen     23 Unattached-SE       25.26      25.31        
         r:+0.63                       
  6 Katie McLaughli  23 California Aquat    25.44      25.31        
         r:+0.67                       
  8 Natalie Hinds    27 Athens Bulldog S    25.43      25.78        
         r:+0.65
 Event 14  Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle
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        World: W 20.91  12/18/2009Cesar Cielo Filho, BRA
     American: A 21.04  7/27/2019 Caeleb Dressel, USA
    U.S. Open: O 21.14  7/9/2009  Cesar Cielo, Auburn/BRA
     Jr World: J 21.75  8/25/2017 Michael Andrew, USA
     Pro Swim: P 21.51  3/7/2020  Caeleb Dressel, Gator Swim Club-
                 22.71  W-II Oly Trials Wave II
                 23.19  W-I Oly Trials Wave I
    Name            Age Team              Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                            === A - Final ===                            
 
  1 *Bruno Fratus    31 Coral Springs Sw    21.73      21.80        
         r:+0.68                       
  2 Caeleb Dressel   24 Gator Swim Club-    22.29      21.83        
         r:+0.60                       
  3 Michael Andrew   21 Race Pace Club-S    22.24      22.13        
         r:+0.67                       
  4 Nathan Adrian    32 Una CAL-PC          22.48      22.29        
         r:+0.64                       
  5 Payton Sorenson  27 Unattached-AZ       22.46      22.34        
         r:+0.70                       
  6 Zach Apple       23 Mission Viejo Na    22.30      22.41        
         r:+0.62                       
  7 *Bjorn Seeliger  21 Unattached-PC       22.53      22.52        
         r:+0.62                       
  8 *Matt Targett    35 Team Elite-NC/NY    22.48      22.62        
         r:+0.69