Dressel, Schooling Throw Down 20 Points in 50 Fly Prelims at ISCA International Senior Cup

Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold / Aringo Photos

Two of the fastest butterflyers ever in short course yards will do battle tonight in St. Petersburg, Florida as Caeleb Dressel (20.71) and Joseph Schooling (20.98) threw down some solid 50 butterflys on Wednesday morning in central Florida. Schooling is registered as unattached Virginia as he looks to be back with long-time coach Sergio Lopez at Virginia Tech.

His former Texas teammate Jack Conger also swam this morning with a 21.46, setting up a rematch of the 2017 NCAA 100 butterfly final between those three where Dressel won, Schooling was second and Conger was third. 16-year-old Will Hayon threw down a 21.94 to lead the 16 and under crowd.

Dressel and fellow Florida postgrad Ryan Lochte lead the 200 IM heats with a 1:43.16 and 1:43.91 respectively as they each should be much quicker in tonight’s finals and will be a nice gauge to see where they are at aerobically compared to the men competing at NCAAs this week in Greensboro. Although long course and short course are different animals, eyes will be on Lochte in his pursuit of a fifth Olympic berth this summer and he will get to prove where he is at in his preparation.

18-year-old Arsenio Bustos, who is committed to NC State, is third seed at 1:43.94.

Lochte is also the top seed in the 100 back at 47.51 ahead of 18-year-old Kai Crews (48.27), who is committed to Cal Berkeley. Cornell grad Ilya Evdokimov posted the top time of the morning in the 100 breast at 52.48 ahead of Bustos (53.57) and South Carolina grad Nils Wich-Glasen (53.90).

Farida Osman is leading the 50 fly field at 23.75 ahead of Florida grad Sherridon Dressel (24.34) and Alabama’s Flora Molnar (24.41), who just swam on Alabama’s first ever NCAA relay title last week on their way to their first top five finish as a team since 1983.

Dressel is also the top seed in the 100 back at 52.85 ahead of 14-year-old Erika Pelaez (53.77), who is one of the top rising stars in age group swimming.

15-year-old Leah Hayes is also leading the 200 IM field at 1:59.61 ahead of Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy (1:59.79), who represented the Hokies at NCAAs last week, while Heidi Schellin is the top seed in the 100 breast at 1:02.92 ahead of Yale commit Ava Franks (1:03.04).

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    Matthew Pohlman

    Good luck, Arsenio!

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