Caeleb Dressel Delivers Blast Of Butterfly With Blades For Wings Then A Nod To Nesty

Caeleb Dressel - video stills from the NCAA championships

There was a very real and heartening moment of truth and perspective on the third day of NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. I’m not talking the crackling 42.80 in which Caeleb Dressel thumped the rest over 100 s/c yards butterfly after turning in 19.99. It was his first post-race answer in the media mixed zone that provided further insight into how this Gator perceives himself yet to be snapping at history, his refusal to see himself as having chewed the past up and spat it out part of the reason why Dressel looks set to be one of the greats on the Wall of Fame not only at his college in Gainesville, Florida, but high up in the global pantheon one day. He’s not there yet. Here’s what he had to say when asked who was the greatest ‘flyer in Gator history: “Anthony Nesty.” Stop the tape and give Dressel a huge pat on his bobble hat. On a terrific trajectory to converting golden shot to gold, Dressel’s pperspective was as sharp as a knife to the slaughter of parochialism and misplaced plaudits in his sport. Plus – why we say ‘forget the G.O.A.T’ when it comes to comparison and expectation; Matt Biondi may be much closer but Dressel will sculpt his own plinth in the pantheon.

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There was a very real and heartening moment of truth and perspective on the third day of NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. I’m not talking the crackling 42.80 in which Caeleb Dressel thumped the rest over 100 s/c yards butterfly after turning in 19.99. It was his first post-race answer in the media mixed zone that provided further insight into how this Gator perceives himself yet to be snapping at history, his refusal to see himself as having chewed the past up and spat it out part of the reason why Dressel looks set to be one of the greats on the Wall of Fame not only at his college in Gainesville, Florida, but high up in the global pantheon one day. He’s not there yet. Here’s what he had to say when asked who was the greatest ‘flyer in Gator history: “Anthony Nesty.” Stop the tape and give Dressel a huge pat on his bobble hat. On a terrific trajectory to converting golden shot to gold, Dressel’s pperspective was as sharp as a knife to the slaughter of parochialism and misplaced plaudits in his sport. Plus – why we say ‘forget the G.O.A.T’ when it comes to comparison and expectation; Matt Biondi may be much closer but Dressel will sculpt his own plinth in the pantheon.

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