Caeleb Dressel Among Notable Swimmers Not Competing in First ISL Semifinal Match

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Caeleb Dressel opted not to swim in the first International Swimming League (ISL) semifinal match in Eindhoven, Netherlands on Thursday. It hasn’t hurt the Cali Condors.

The Condors lead with 290 points, ahead of Energy Standard (276), DC Trident (183) and Team Iron (171) after the first day of the first semifinal match.

Cali’s Caeleb Dressel, Hali Flickinger, Sherridon Dressel and Energy Standard’s Chad le Clos, Benedetta Pilato and Florent Manaudou were not among the start lists for this meet.

In Dressel’s absence, Justin Ress won the 50 free for the Cali Condors, minimizing the first-day point differential without Caeleb Dressel, the defending ISL MVP.

There were several other big names not competing in the meet, many of them European stars who just competed in the Short Course European Championships last week.

For DC Felipe Franca Silva, Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Jay Litherland are not slated to compete, while Team Iron will be without Marco Orsi.

The Cali Condors took the lead behind two victories from Beata Nelson.  Energy Standard was within striking distance, just 14 points behind heading into the second day.

It is unknown how long Caeleb Dressel, or the rest of the stars, will be absent, but definitely not for the second day of the first semifinal match.

Team Scores
Cali Condors 290
Energy Standard 276
DC Trident 183
Team Iron 171