Caeleb Dressel Nails World’s Fastest 100 Fly; Tim Phillips Joins him in Budapest

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It might be safe to say that Caeleb Dressel can swim long course now. Dressel was the NCAA swimmer of the year and a lot of people said he needed to prove himself long course, something he hadn’t done despite snagging an individual 100 free spot in Rio. Dressel answered those doubters with a huge 50.87 to move ahead of South Africa’s Chad Le Clos for the world’s number one ranked swimmer in the event. Dressel moved ahead of Le Clos (51.29), China’s Li Zhuhao (51.34) and France’s Mehdy Metella (51.36). Tim Phillips of Swim MAC moved to third in the world with a 51.30 by placing second in the event.

Phillips makes his second straight World Championship team after he did not make it out of semi-finals in 2015. Phillips held off a very strong field in Texas’ Jack Conger (51.33) and Cal’s Tom Shields (51.55) to make a return trip to Worlds.

Cal’s Justin Lynch (52.20), Louisville’s Zach Harting (52.52), Stanford’s Andrew Liang (52.87) and Cal’s Matthew Josa (52.88) also swam in the A-final.

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