Caeleb Dressel – the greatest yards swimmer of all time
Many British swimmers head to the US for the perfect blend of college life and swimming. When these Brits head over the pond, the majority of their competitions are raced in America’s native discipline of 'short course yards'. Although short course yards doesn’t have very much relevance at all to the Olympic discipline, but there are some swimmers out there throwing down some very impressive times, for example Blake Pieroni going a 1.29 200 Yards freestyle making him the first person ever to go sub 1.30 on this event.
When talking about yards swimming it isn’t possible to not mention one name… Caeleb Dressel. Dressel has changed yards swimming and is in the process of changing long course meters swimming as last summer he almost broke Phelps’ 100m LC butterfly world record which was set in a 'super suit'.
The man is on fire, traditionally more of a freestyle and butterfly specialist Dressel recently broke the 100 yards breaststroke all American record with a time of 50.03. The popular swimming site SwimSwam are breaking down this swim VS Adam Peaty’s short course meters swims. Of course we all know that Dressel will never get anywhere close to Peaty in the long course events but as we know SwimSwam love to hype up and even throw down some ludicrous predictions for their Americans.
In the NCAA Championships this week Dressel has shaken the world in a more 'traditional Dressel event'. Throwing down a 17.63 this improves his own American record by a large margin in a very short event.
Below is a breakdown of Dressel's incredible swim:
Reaction time: +0.63
First 25: 8.48, 8 strokes, 0 breaths
Second 25: 9.15, 11 strokes, 0 breaths
Showing incredible speed and an unbelievable 2nd 25, could Dressel break the world record in the long course 50 free? This record has been standing since the 'supersuit' era of 2009. He’s close now, but do you think he will do it?
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