Caeleb Dressel Blasts His Fastest 100 Fly On American Soil

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Caeleb Dressel put a lot of fears to rest with a dominating swim in the 100 fly. The Florida swimmer finished first in 50.50 to punch his ticket to Pan Pacs, less than three-tenths off of Michael Phelps U.S. Open and Nationals meet record of 50.22 from 2009. That is .37 faster than his winning time from Nationals last summer, and is the fastest that he has been outside of World Championships in his career. That also moves him into the #1 spot in the world for 2018 behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos.

In second was Texas’ Jack Conger in 51.11. That is slightly off his personal best of 51.00 from earlier this season but stands as the second fastest time in his career. Michael Andrew finished third in the first of three events for the day in 51.68. That is a best time by about 2-tenths for the 19-year-old, and should give him a spot on the Pan Pacs roster this summer. He previously earned a spot on the Worlds team for next summer after winning the 50 fly over Dressel last night.

Top seed Jack Saunderson was fourth in 51.88. That was about 4-tenths slower than his swim from this morning, but still may be good for a spot on the Pan Pacs team. Also under 52-seconds was 2016 Olympian Tom Shields (51.96), while 200 fly runner-up Zach Harting was sixth in 52.00. Finishing in seventh was 200 free champion Andrew Seliskar (52.24), while Matthew Josa was eighth (52.29).

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  1. Léo Grova

    This guy is a mutant!!