Caeleb Dressel, Florida Gator and Team USA shark err swimmer, is continuing to be unstoppable in the pool.
He continues his efforts in proving to the world he is striving to be the next ‘Michael Phelps’ (high praise, I know) and is almost unfair to compete against at this point. In what almost feels like he is okay with giving others a chance to win some events, he opted to not swim two races that he is the current American record holder for. What a guy!
Instead he competed in other events where he had yet to reach such fame and success. While doing so he actually set an American record as well as a SEC record during a preliminary event, in which are his 4th and (maybe) 5th best events, the 200 IM and 100 breast, respectively. Dressel’s final time is 1:38.13, the new American, U.S. Open ,NCAA, and fastest-everything-everywhere record. For some perspective, Auburn’s Hugo Gonzalez, the runner up to Dressel, took down the Auburn school record and the SEC Meet Record for his performance and is now the 10th-fastest performer in history.
Impressive, Gonzo, but not impressive enough for the Mako Shark-like Dressel.
Swimming is very seasonal sport in terms of peak performance. Being that the UF men’s are firmly in contention for a podium finish in the upcoming NCAA meet, the team and especially Dressel are not nearly swimming at optimal performance conditions yet. It isn’t a science but the team as a whole probably has an extra gear or two to use for NCAA.
This only magnifies how impressive it is that he can be so elite in so many different events while next even in optimal condition. Check out the video below to see the race. Damn it’s great to be a Gator!