Caeleb Dressel, Already The Fastest Un-shiny Human In Water, Brands A 17.6 Yardstick

Caeleb Dressel (USA) - by Patrick B. Kraemer

When you can go 21.15 to set the fastest time ever seen down one long-course metres lap unassisted and under pressure in a week in which you deliver seven gold medals at world titles; and if you can go an American-record 18.11 in heats, no sweat, over two laps of the titchiest pool any fast fish ever race in on the earth (25 yards), then winning the NCAA final was not going to be the challenge. The clock was – and it was conquered by Caeleb Dressel: 17.63sec. That was his prayer and goal: 17.6. Scorching job done. And that after starting the opening finals session of the 2018 showdown by taking down the national and NCAA mark in 17.81 leading Florida’s Jan Switkowski, Enzo Martinez-Sarpe and Brit Mark Szaranek to gold in 1:14.39 over 4x50y free at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. 17.63. That’s shifting. Shifting so much that the closest man could not be said to be snapping at the Gator’s heels: Ryan Held clocked 18.64. Cue predictions (yes, he can, though it doesn’t work like that) of the first sub-21 and a challenge to the shiny suited 20.91 that will be a year shy of its tenth birthday come the close of this year. Dressel won’t be listening to the hype, as the video of his post-race interview confirms. His swim, our words, his words, the video of his furious 50 free

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When you can go 21.15 to set the fastest time ever seen down one long-course metres lap unassisted and under pressure in a week in which you deliver seven gold medals at world titles; and if you can go an American-record 18.11 in heats, no sweat, over two laps of the titchiest pool any fast fish ever race in on the earth (25 yards), then winning the NCAA final was not going to be the challenge. The clock was – and it was conquered by Caeleb Dressel: 17.63sec. That was his prayer and goal: 17.6. Scorching job done. And that after starting the opening finals session of the 2018 showdown by taking down the national and NCAA mark in 17.81 leading Florida’s Jan Switkowski, Enzo Martinez-Sarpe and Brit Mark Szaranek to gold in 1:14.39 over 4x50y free at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. 17.63. That’s shifting. Shifting so much that the closest man could not be said to be snapping at the Gator’s heels: Ryan Held clocked 18.64. Cue predictions (yes, he can, though it doesn’t work like that) of the first sub-21 and a challenge to the shiny suited 20.91 that will be a year shy of its tenth birthday come the close of this year. Dressel won’t be listening to the hype, as the video of his post-race interview confirms. His swim, our words, his words, the video of his furious 50 free

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