By Sharon Robb
June 29, 2017—Caeleb Dressel is showing just how versatile he is in the pool.
The Bolles swimmer won the 100-meter butterfly Thursday at the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Dressel won in 50.87, the fastest time in the world this year and first swimmer to break 51 seconds this year. Dressel swept the butterfly events.
“I was happy with the butterfly races and I couldn’t ask for more,” Dressel told reporters. “I’m definitely a speed guy, that’s how I swim most of my races. But I just want to swim a smart race.
“I don’t want to be labeled as a sprinter that goes out wicked fast and just dies,” Dressel said. “I want to be a speed guy that controls his races.”
Dressel, who beat Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling at this year’s NCAAs, will have another showdown with the superstar at the world championships.
Other Thursday winners were:
Kelsi Worrell of Louisville won the 100-meter butterfly in 57.38. It was the third event she qualified for world championship schedule.
Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz, who finished his college swimming career at Georgia this past season, swam the fastest time in the world this year to win the 400-meter individual medley in 4:06.99.
Leah Smith of Cavalier won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:33.86. Elizabeth Beisel was second in 4:38.55. Bethany Galat and Ella Eastin were both disqualified.
Justin Ress of Wolfpack knocked off Ryan Murphy of Cal Aquatics to win the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 24.41. Murphy was second in 24.64 and Matt Grevers was third in 24.67.
Hannah Stevens won the 50-meter backstroke in a meet record 27.33.
Lilly King of Indiana won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.66, the only swimmer to dip under 30 seconds. It was a meet, U.S. Open and American record.
Kevin Cordes won the men’s 50-meter breaststroke in a meet record 26.88, the only swimmer under 27 seconds.
The winners of each event qualify for worlds with runners-up also likely to make the team through a selection process.
The five day meet continues Friday. Friday’s events are: women’s and men’s 400-meter freestyle, 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter backstroke.
The meet is being live streamed at usaswimming.org and also televised over 12 hours on the NBC Sports Group that includes NBCSN, Universal HD and NBC on July 1-2, 1-3 p.m.
FLORIDA GOLD COAST RESULTS
Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 10. Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Louisville, 4:45.16, prelims; B Final, 4. Bradford-Feldman, 4:46.32.
Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 52. Miguel Cancel, Gulliver 4:36.86.
Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 48. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 1:01.05, 61. Mary Smutny, AquaKids Sharks 1:01.52.
Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 21. Emily Kopas, Michigan 32.21.
Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 23. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 28.75.
Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 72. Darby Goodwin, VILL 30.23, 89. Jessica Nava, Pine Crest 31.20, Clara Smiddy, Michigan, DNS.
Women’s 400-meter individual medley: 1. Leah Smith, Cavalier 4:33.86, 2. Elizabeth Beisel, ABF 4:38.55, 3. Brooke Ford, Lakeside 4:39.19.
Men’s 400-meter individual medley: 1. Chase Kalisz, North Baltimore 4:06.99, 2. Jay Litherland, Dynamo 4:09.31, 3. Gunnar Bentz, Athens Bulldogs 4:11.66.
Women’s 100-meter butterfly: 1. Kelsi Worrell, Louisville 57.38, 2. Sarah Gibson, TAMU 57.96, 3. Mallory Comerford, Louisville 57.97.
Men’s 100-meter butterfly: 1. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 50.87, 2. Tim Phillips, Swim MAC 51.30, 3. Jack Conger, NCA 51.33.
Women’s 50-meter breaststroke: 1. Lilly King, Indiana 29.66, 2. Katie Meili, NYAC 31.11, 3. Molly Hannis, TNAQ 30.24.
Men’s 50-meter breaststroke: 1. Kevin Cordes, Unattached 26.88, 2. Andrew Wilson, TXL 27.18, 3. Cody Miller, Badger 27.24.
Women’s 50-meter backstroke: 1. Hannah Stevens, UMI 27.63, 2. Kathleen Baker, TE 27.69, 3. Ali Deloof, Club Wolverine 27.89.
Men’s 50-meter backstroke: 1. Justin Ress, Wolfpack 24.41, 2. Ryan Murphy, Cal Aquatics 24.64, 3. Matt Grevers, Ford 24.67.
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