Watch Caeleb Dressel Win 50 Free Skins Challenge at ISL American Derby

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Caeleb Dressel - Cali Condors

Caeleb Dressel Men’s 50 Freestyle (Skins)

Behind a performance of 21.20, the New York Breakers’ Michael Andrew led the field into the semifinals, with the Cali Condors’ Caeleb Dressel also moving on to the next round. The L.A. Current advanced a pair of swimmers into the semifinals, as Michael Chadwick and Ryan Held were third and fourth, respectively.

Dressel & Chadwick

Caeleb Dressel, left, and Michael Chadwick prepare to race in the final of the Skins competition.

Proving that he held back in the first round of the Skins, Dressel increased the intensity to punch a ticket to the final, as the sprint star won in 21.39. Chadwick moved up from third in the opening round to grab the second position for the final ISL race.

Dressel topped Chadwick in the final with a winning time of 21.25. For Dressel, it was his fourth individual triumph of the weekend and cemented his MVP status for the second time during this ISL season. But Chadwick’s ability to advance to the final and get his team second-place points enabled the Current to claim top honors in the American Derby.

“We just had guys and girls really stepping up,” said Current captain Matt Grevers. “Ryan Held actually wasn’t feeling well. He’s not swimming 100%, but I think getting fourth and getting to the next round gave us that extra boost. Actually gained us points on the Skins when we thought we were going to lose.

“I don’t know if anyone in the world ever can beat that guy in this type of event. I mean, he’s Caeleb Dressel. But for us to get two and then four that was one of the best scenarios we could have come up with. So that is pretty awesome to see our teammates really step up. I think those individual efforts really led to the team effort that won the meet.

 

6 comments

  1. avatar
    Heather Wurtz

    Very exciting event! But this was at the meet in College Park, MD. The Las Vegas meet hasn’t happened yet.

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      Indeed not, which is why the article suggests no such thing… LV dec 20-12 (trying to understand your comment, Heather: does the video commentary suggest it?)

      • avatar
        Anonymous

        The Facebook link is titled “Watch Caeleb Dressel win 50 Free Skins Challenge at ISL Vegas Meet”

      • avatar
        Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

        Thanks… no longer, corrected in the other place (facebook posts are separate from the article and not written in the SW website)

  2. avatar
    Brandi West

    I have updated the Facebook post as best I can. Some text is not editable but I made a note regarding that.

    • avatar
      Craig Lord - Swimming World Editor-in-Chief

      Thanks Brandi.