(Video Interview) Caeleb Dressel Improved His Relay Starts

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Caeleb Dressel has had quite a week at the SEC championships in Knoxville. He has twice split under 18 seconds for a 50 free and also won the individual 50 free in 18.46, a time no one else has ever surpassed. He won the 100 fly Thursday in 44.21, the fourth-fastest time in history.

On Friday, Dressel had the entire day off before he was to anchor Florida’s 400 medley relay. Entering the water in fifth place, he split a 40.43 and then held off Michael Chadwick to pick up the win for the Gators.

Afterwards, Dressel reacted to his week of quick swims and explained what tweak he made to his relay starts that he thinks has helped him go 17 twice at this meet. He also discussed the possibility of challenging former Bolles teammate Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly at the NCAA championships and explained if the SEC meet is any different after winning Olympic gold medals.



  1. Philip Vranić

    “Speed feels off” k. “Push your undies” totally stealing that Mackenzie Holden

  2. avatar
    IPBased Alabama

    Not the second fastest 100 fly in history but third. Tom shields and Joseph schooling are both faster. Also maybe clear up “teammate” schooling because they were teammates in high school not anymore

    • avatar
      David Rieder

      Total typos there, thanks! I had been saying fourth-fastest ever all day, so no idea why I wrote that.

  3. avatar

    Dressel’s fine PB :44.21 100 Fly NOT 2nd fastest in history; didn’t even move him up the list.

    Sheilds :43.84; 2016
    Schooling :44.01, 2016
    Staab :44.18 (2009 — suited)
    THEN Dressel, and he was already in this spot with his :44.40 from last spring.

    And the “On Saturday, Dressel had the entire day off before he was to anchor Florida’s 400 Medley relay….” is a bit of a stretch since tomorrow is Saturday. SEC meet on unorthodox dates.

    • avatar
      David Rieder

      Right, thanks for those. Don’t know why I wrote second-fastest — I had been saying it correctly all day. As for the days of the week, having been on the road for days I have no clue what day it is anymore!

Author: David Rieder

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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