Caeleb Dressel (Illness) Held Out of Day 2 of ISL Match 6

DRESSEL Caeleb CAC Cali Condors (CAC) ISL International Swimming League 2021 Match 6 day 1 Piscina Felice Scandone Napoli, Naples Photo Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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Caeleb Dressel (Illness) Held Out of Day 2 of ISL Match 6

The Cali Condors were without Caeleb Dressel for Day 2 of the sixth International Swimming League (ISL) match of the 2021 season due to illness.

Dressel was not in the lineup for the Condors in its meet with the London Roar, Tokyo Frog Kings and Aqua Centurions. According to Rowdy Gaines on the ISL broadcast, the cause was an illness, though there was no indication if it was COVID-19 related or not.

Dressel had swum in the first day of the meet on Saturday. He won the men’s 100 butterfly and finished second in the 200 IM in a battle with Daiya Seto, Duncan Scott and Chase Kalisz. (Seto got the win by .02, both swimmers within four-tenths of the league record that Seto owns from 2019.)

Dressel also anchored the men’s 400 free relay to fourth place for the Condors and swam fly as its men’s medley relay won.

Even without swimming on Sunday, Dressel finished tied for 16th in the Match 6 MVP standings, having scored 27.5 points. That was tied for sixth among men’s swimmers.

The Condors, however, missed his presence. Even with Dressel in the lineup, the Condors trailed the London Roar by 13.5 points after the first day of competition. The Roar would pull away to hand the Condors their first loss since the inaugural 2019 season, scoring 529.5 points to 478.5 for the Condors. Among the areas where Dressel was most missed was in the skins, which went to freestyle for the men’s. The Condors didn’t have a swimmer advance from Round 1.