World, Senior Long-Course Waters Await Caeleb Dressel Beyond The College Cocoon

Caeleb Dressel - cutting his teeth as a world junior champion

“Dressel … will invite more scrutiny this week as he leaves the cocoon of college’s 25-yard courses to compete against the likes of Nathan Adrian … in a 50-meter pool.” With those words in the New York Times, former swimmer turned excellent journalist Karen Crouse hits the nail on the head as she considers the ride, the roller-coaster and the slipstream from world junior to world senior waters of Caeleb Dressel

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I think Dressel will transition well in LCM.

Greg Troy has a long list of excellent results training his swimmers for LCM.


Luke Percy , world junior champion has not progressed into senior ranks which is a shame because he was a brilliant junior, and in fact beat the best USA and Russians had to offer in Sedov and Dressel!


This has nothing to do with his outstanding swimming abilities, but I have got to say I don’t like the combination of love for guns & bible verses that he displays. Just a sinister combination to me. Perhaps I am biased, but it is what it is.

Craig Lord

Indeed, as our photo and caption notes, gheko. A fair few similar stories down the years when you look through the archive of Euro junior champs and so forth… some take time to make the transition and do indeed come good, so to speak.

Craig Lord

being unspecific, that all certainly feels a long way from standard European culture, in an uncomfortable way, Therealuigi.


in reply to your answer to Gheko, Craig, it would appear that especially European sprinters tend to peak later in their career. Magnini was a 52” swimmer when he was 18, Orsi was still in the 49s at 22 years of age. I know that Manaudou was not near the level of an elite sprinter in the 100 in his early 20s. The latter two are mainly 50 specialists, but they are capable of throwing down respectively a 48low and a 47high. Americans are perhaps better at spotting and nurturing talent at a very young age, although some of these very young talents do not keep their promises when they grow.



But Luke Percy didn’t swim college for Florida, neither did he swim for colleges known for their sprinting skills, such as Auburn or not even one of the top men swimming colleges such as CAL, USC or Texas.

I can’t even remember where he went, Tennesse? Louiseville?

It was befuddling why he made that decision. Was that college the only one who offered him scholarships? I am doubtful, because fir his sprint ability he should have received multiple offers if he showed any interest.
Better study and continue train in Australia rather than having bad college program ruined it.

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