Caeleb Dressel Takes on 100 Breast During SEC Day Four Prelims

Photo Courtesy: Thomas Campbell/Texas A&M Athletics

During the Saturday morning prelim session at the SEC championships, Florida superstar Caeleb Dressel returned to the pool after a full day off Friday and recorded the fastest time in the men’s 100 breast prelims. Dressel has set himself up to go after yet another record in the evening finals session.

Aside from the women’s and men’s 100 breast, events on the morning program included the 200 fly and 100 back.

Georgia’s Megan Kingsley posted by far the top time in the women’s 200 fly prelims, coming in at 1:52.62. Only the Stanford duo of Katie Drabot and Ella Eastin has been quicker so far this season. Kingsley finished third in the 200 fly at the NCAA meet as a sophomore but struggled with injuries last year before having surgery on both knees after the NCAA championships.

Tennessee’s Meghan Small qualified second but more than a full second back in 1:53.97. Missouri’s Sharli Brady took third in 1:54.58. Texas A&M’s King Quah (1:54.62) and Georgia’s Caitlin Casazza (1:54.91) also got under 1:55 in prelims.

Other finalists included Georgia’s Chelsea Britt (1:55.07), Florida’s Taylor Pike (1:56.21) and Kentucky’s Lauren Edelman (1:56.86).

Event 23  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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      US Open: O 1:49.92  2/25/2009 Elaine Breeden, Stanford
         NCAA: N 1:49.92  2/25/2009 Elaine Breeden, Stanford
     American: M 1:49.92  2/25/2009 Elaine Breeden, Stanford
     SEC Meet: S 1:52.19  2/21/2014 Cammile Adams, Texas A&M
  Pool Record: P 1:50.98  3/21/2009 Elaine Breeden, STAN
                 1:53.80  A
                 1:59.59  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Megan Kingsley   SR Georgia           1:54.43    1:52.62 qA     
    r:+0.72  25.51        54.07 (28.56)
        1:23.02 (28.95)     1:52.62 (29.60)
  2 Meghan Small     SO Tennessee         1:57.86    1:53.97 qB     
    r:+0.76  25.70        54.83 (29.13)
        1:23.87 (29.04)     1:53.97 (30.10)
  3 Sharli Brady     SR Missouri          1:54.56    1:54.58 qB     
    r:+0.77  26.15        54.94 (28.79)
        1:24.01 (29.07)     1:54.58 (30.57)
  4 Jing Quah        FR Texas A&M         1:55.46    1:54.62 qB     
    r:+0.69  26.17        55.37 (29.20)
        1:24.45 (29.08)     1:54.62 (30.17)
  5 Caitln Casazza   JR Georgia           1:56.46    1:54.91 qB     
    r:+0.68  26.28        55.39 (29.11)
        1:24.70 (29.31)     1:54.91 (30.21)
  6 Chelsea Britt    SR Georgia           1:54.80    1:55.07 qB     
    r:+0.68  25.72        54.97 (29.25)
        1:24.68 (29.71)     1:55.07 (30.39)
  7 Taylor Pike      FR Texas A&M         1:56.18    1:56.21 qB     
    r:+0.68  26.76        56.05 (29.29)
        1:25.79 (29.74)     1:56.21 (30.42)
  8 Lauren Edelman   FR Kentucky          1:57.70    1:56.86 qB     
    r:+0.69  26.25        55.53 (29.28)
        1:25.63 (30.10)     1:56.86 (31.23)

Texas A&M’s men sit in second place in the team competition, and the Aggies had another big showing in the men’s 200 fly prelims. Brock Bonnetti earned the top seed in the event at 1:41.83, and teammate Jose Martinez was third in 1:42.54. Splitting the difference was Fynn Minuth, the South Carolina junior who already won the 500 free. Minuth qualified second in 1:42.53.

Florida’s Jan Switkowski, the 100 fly winner Friday night, took fourth in 1:42.68, and Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz finished fifth in 1:43.07.LSU’s Harrison Jones (1:43.31), Georgia’s Camden Murphy (1:43.32) and Missouri’s Micah Slaton (1:43.57) also made the final.

Event 24  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
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      US Open: O 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
         NCAA: N 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
     American: M 1:37.35  3/25/2017 Jack Conger, Texas
     SEC Meet: S 1:40.59  2/19/2016 Hugo Morris, Auburn
  Pool Record: P 1:40.75  3/28/2009 Shaune Fraser, UF
                 1:41.44  A
                 1:47.99  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Brock Bonetti    SR Texas A&M         1:42.17    1:41.83 qB     
    r:+0.70  22.45        47.87 (25.42)
        1:14.06 (26.19)     1:41.83 (27.77)
  2 Fynn Minuth      JR South Carolina    1:43.56    1:42.53 qB     
    r:+0.74  23.13        49.30 (26.17)
        1:15.83 (26.53)     1:42.53 (26.70)
  3 Jose Martinez    JR Texas A&M         1:42.08    1:42.54 qB     
    r:+0.76  22.78        48.99 (26.21)
        1:15.45 (26.46)     1:42.54 (27.09)
  4 Jan Switkowski   SR Florida           1:43.27    1:42.68 qB     
    r:+0.72  23.37        49.26 (25.89)
        1:15.63 (26.37)     1:42.68 (27.05)
  5 Gunnar Bentz     SR Georgia           1:42.51    1:43.07 qB     
    r:+0.75  23.45        49.74 (26.29)
        1:16.70 (26.96)     1:43.07 (26.37)
  6 Harrison Jones   JR LSU               1:47.50    1:43.31 qB     
    r:+0.76  23.11        49.44 (26.33)
        1:16.14 (26.70)     1:43.31 (27.17)
  7 Camden Murphy    FR Georgia           1:41.74    1:43.32 qB     
    r:+0.74  23.38        49.85 (26.47)
        1:16.33 (26.48)     1:43.32 (26.99)
  8 Micah Slaton     SO Missouri          1:43.08    1:43.57 qB     
    r:+0.70  23.56        49.87 (26.31)
        1:16.35 (26.48)     1:43.57 (27.22)

Kentucky’s Asia Seidt finished two tenths ahead of the field in the women’s 100 back prelims, qualifying in a quick time of 51.16. The sophomore will be fully surrounded by seniors in the final as Georgia’s Kylie Stewart qualified second (51.39), Texas A&M’s Lisa Bratton took third (51.58), Missouri’s Hannah Stevens was fourth (51.91) and Tennessee’s Micah Bohon grabbed fifth (52.02).

Florida’s Sherridon Dressel finished sixth in 52.17, and claiming the outside lanes for the final were Florida’s Emma Ball (52.23) and Kentucky’s Bridgette Alexander (52.27).

Event 25  Women 100 Yard Backstroke
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      US Open: O 49.69  3/23/2017 Ally Howe, Stanford
         NCAA: N 49.69  2/23/2017 Ally Howe, Stanford
     American: M 49.69  2/23/2017 Ally Howe, Stanford
     SEC Meet: S 50.53  2/20/2009 Gemma Spofforth, Florida
  Pool Record: P 50.55  3/20/2009 Gemma Spofforth, UF
                 51.16  A
                 55.09  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Asia Seidt       SO Kentucky            51.17      51.16 qA     
             12.34        25.11 (12.77)
          38.29 (13.18)       51.16 (12.87)
  2 Kylie Stewart    SR Georgia             51.52      51.39 qB     
             12.27        25.15 (12.88)
          38.29 (13.14)       51.39 (13.10)
  3 Lisa Bratton     SR Texas A&M           51.65      51.58 qB     
             12.35        25.36 (13.01)
          38.63 (13.27)       51.58 (12.95)
  4 Hannah Stevens   SR Missouri            51.16      51.91 qB     
             12.41        25.26 (12.85)
          38.75 (13.49)       51.91 (13.16)
  5 Micah Bohon      SR Tennessee           52.77      52.02 qB     
             12.22        25.08 (12.86)
          38.50 (13.42)       52.02 (13.52)
  6 Sherridon Dress  SO Florida             53.62      52.17 qB     
             12.57        25.51 (12.94)
          38.84 (13.33)       52.17 (13.33)
  7 Emma Ball        SO Florida             51.78      52.23 qB     
             12.23        25.20 (12.97)
          38.84 (13.64)       52.23 (13.39)
  8 Bridgette Alexa  SR Kentucky            52.28      52.25 qB     
             12.37        25.36 (12.99)
          38.83 (13.47)       52.25 (13.42)

Georgia’s Javier Acevedo turned in the only time under 46 seconds in the men’s 100 back, hitting the wall in 45.68 for the No. 1 overall seed. Alabama swimmers finished second and third with Luke Kaliszak (46.09) and Zane Waddell (46.21) both posting solid morning efforts.

Tennessee’s Matthew Garcia finished fourth in 46.49, followed by the Florida trio of Bailey Main (46.55), Michael Taylor (46.74) and Brennan Balogh (46.77) Missouri’s Daniel Hein finished eighth in 46.91.

Event 26  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
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      US Open: O 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
         NCAA: N 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     American: M 43.49  3/25/2016 Ryan Murphy, California
     SEC Meet: S 44.73  2/17/2017 Connor Oslin, Alabama
  Pool Record: P 44.90  3/27/2009 Pascal Wollach, AUB
                 45.25  A
                 48.49  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Javier Acevedo   SO Georgia             45.97      45.68 qB     
             11.11        22.46 (11.35)
          34.17 (11.71)       45.68 (11.51)
  2 Luke Kaliszak    SR Alabama             45.85      46.09 qB     
             10.85        22.11 (11.26)
          34.11 (12.00)       46.09 (11.98)
  3 Zane Waddell     SO Alabama             46.01      46.21 qB     
             10.69        22.01 (11.32)
          34.26 (12.25)       46.21 (11.95)
  4 Matthew Garcia   SO Tennessee           46.94      46.49 qB     
             11.06        22.46 (11.40)
          34.38 (11.92)       46.49 (12.11)
  5 Bayley Main      JR Florida             47.64      46.55 qB     
             10.85        22.35 (11.50)
          34.39 (12.04)       46.55 (12.16)
  6 Michael Taylor   FR Florida             47.11      46.74 qB     
             10.97        22.37 (11.40)
          34.71 (12.34)       46.74 (12.03)
  7 Brennan Balogh   JR Florida             48.98      46.77 qB     
             10.92        22.45 (11.53)
          34.52 (12.07)       46.77 (12.25)
  8 Daniel Hein      SO Missouri            46.41      46.91 qB     
             10.95        22.51 (11.56)
          34.66 (12.15)       46.91 (12.25)

Texas A&M swept the top two spots in the women’s 100 breast prelims, with freshman Anna Belousova recording a blistering time of 58.40 and senior teammate Jorie Caneta taking second in 59.22. Tennessee’s Katie Armitage qualified third in 59.44.

Kentucky’s Bailey Bonnett (59.80) and Madison Winstead (59.81) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and also making the final were Alabama’s Justine Mcfarlane (59.92), South Carolina’s Kersten Dirrane (1:00.17) and Tennessee’s Tjasa Pintar (1:00.60).

Event 27  Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
      US Open: O 56.30  2/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
         NCAA: N 56.30  2/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
     American: M 56.30  2/17/2017 Lilly King, Indiana
     SEC Meet: S 57.28  2/21/2014 Breeja Larson, Texas A&M
  Pool Record: P 57.43  2/20/2013 Breeja Larson, TA&M
                 58.85  A
               1:02.49  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Anna Belousova   FR Texas A&M           59.58      58.40 qA     
    r:+0.71  12.58        27.45 (14.87)
          42.96 (15.51)       58.40 (15.44)
  2 Jorie Caneta     SR Texas A&M           59.21      59.22 qB     
    r:+0.67  12.84        28.03 (15.19)
          43.28 (15.25)       59.22 (15.94)
  3 Katie Armitage   SR Tennessee           59.89      59.44 qB     
    r:+0.70  13.07        28.19 (15.12)
          43.73 (15.54)       59.44 (15.71)
  4 Bailey Bonnett   FR Kentucky            59.60      59.80 qB     
    r:+0.67  12.85        28.15 (15.30)
          43.98 (15.83)       59.80 (15.82)
  5 Madison Winstea  SO Kentucky          1:00.17      59.81 qB     
    r:+0.68  12.93        28.10 (15.17)
          43.90 (15.80)       59.81 (15.91)
  6 Justine Macfarl  JR Alabama             59.82      59.92 qB     
    r:+0.72  12.91        28.20 (15.29)
          43.87 (15.67)       59.92 (16.05)
  7 Kersten Dirrane  SR South Carolina    1:01.32    1:00.17 qB     
    r:+0.70  13.48        28.49 (15.01)
          44.32 (15.83)     1:00.17 (15.85)
  8 Tjasa Pintar     FR Tennessee         1:00.40    1:00.60 qB     
    r:+0.74  13.18        28.99 (15.81)
          44.63 (15.64)     1:00.60 (15.97)

To finish out the morning, Dressel qualified first in the men’s 100 breast by a second and a half. He touched the wall in 51.07, ahead of Texas A&M’s Mauro Castillo Luna (52.56). That time made Dressel the ninth-fastest performer in history and easily the top swimmer in the country this season.

The South Carolina duo of Itay Goldfaden (52.58) and Nils Wich-Glasen (52.62) took third and fourth, respectively, and Alabama’s Laurent Bams came in fifth at 52.83. Also qualifying for the final were Florida’s Marco Guarente (52.89), Missouri’s Jordan O’Brien (52.94) and Tennessee’s Peter Stevens (52.95).

Event 28  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
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      US Open: O 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
         NCAA: N 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
     American: M 50.04  3/28/2014 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
     SEC Meet: S 51.25  2/21/2014 Nic Fink, Georgia
  Pool Record: P 50.86  3/27/2009 Damir Dugonjic, CAL
                 51.74  A
                 55.39  B
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Caeleb Dressel   SR Florida             53.23      51.07SqA     
    r:+0.69  10.67        23.92 (13.25)
          37.44 (13.52)       51.07 (13.63)
  2 Mauro Castillo   SR Texas A&M           52.34      52.56 qB     
    r:+0.63  11.51        24.87 (13.36)
          38.72 (13.85)       52.56 (13.84)
  3 Itay Goldfaden   SO South Carolina      54.27      52.58 qB     
    r:+0.72  10.94        24.27 (13.33)
          38.11 (13.84)       52.58 (14.47)
  4 Nils Wich-Glase  SR South Carolina      53.01      52.62 qB     
    r:+0.72  11.11        24.49 (13.38)
          38.49 (14.00)       52.62 (14.13)
  5 Laurent Bams     JR Alabama             52.73      52.83 qB     
    r:+0.67  11.36        24.74 (13.38)
          38.64 (13.90)       52.83 (14.19)
  6 Marco Guarente   SO Florida             53.61      52.89 qB     
    r:+0.63  11.27        24.62 (13.35)
          38.85 (14.23)       52.89 (14.04)
  7 Jordan O'Brien   JR Missouri            53.45      52.94 qB     
    r:+0.73  11.45        24.81 (13.36)
          38.61 (13.80)       52.94 (14.33)
  8 Peter Stevens    SR Tennessee           52.89      52.95 qB     
    r:+0.62  10.88        24.20 (13.32)
          38.22 (14.02)       52.95 (14.73)

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    Lane Four

    I am thinking a 1:53 200 meter I.M. by Tokyo.

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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