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Olympic Redshirt Replace, Dressel As A Father Spotlight Storylines To Watch In Westmont


With the Professional Swim Collection cease in Westmont starting tomorrow night time, it’s time to see among the storylines to observe for on the meet.

Caeleb Dressel‘s First Meet As A Father

Caeleb Dressel scratched the primary cease of the Professional Swim Collection in Knoxville because it was too near the due date of his youngster. August Wilder was born on February seventeenth. Now, Dressel will compete in Westmont in his first meet as a father.

Dressel is entered because the #1 seed within the 50 free, #1 seed within the 100 fly, the #3 seed within the 100 free, and #21 seed within the 200 free.

Firstly of February, Dressel confirmed off his vary in his residence pool at a College of Florida twin meet as Dressel clocked a 1:32.57 within the 200 freestyle. That was a private finest by virtually a second as his earlier finest was a 1:33.42 which he swam throughout his school days again in 2017. Notably, Dressel raced the occasion in October 2023 the place he clocked a 1:34.98 so there clearly was some enchancment from October 2023 to February.

The World Document holder didn’t qualify to signify the US on the 2023 World Championships as he completed third within the 50 fly, fifth within the 100 fly, nineteenth within the 100 free, and twenty second within the 50 free at 2023 US Summer season Nationals final June. Dressel already improved upon his instances from that meet although on the US Open in December. Dressel swam a 51.66 within the 100 fly at US Summer season Natioanals however was a 51.31 on the US Open, and he swam a 49.42 in prelims at Summer season Nationals within the 100 free however was sooner with a 48.85 within the occasion on the US Open.

Olympic Redshirt Updates

Torri Huske, Luca Urlando, David Johnston, and Will Gallant are all in the course of their Olympic Redshirt seasons. In December, we did a verify in on how they’re doing after what would have been the “midseason” for the NCAA season as all of them swam on the US Open. Now, this meet is true after what would have been the convention championship time for the entire swimmers.

Huske is entered within the 200 free (#10 seed), 100 fly (#1 seed), 50 free (#3 seed), 100 again (#38 seed), 200 IM (#2 seed), and 100 free (#2 seed). It is a busy schedule, with two occasions per day however nonetheless below the entry max of seven occasions. Huske had a profitable US Open together with private bests within the 50 free (24.11) and 200 IM (2:09.10) whereas additionally swimming sooner within the 100 fly on the US Open than she did on the 2023 World Championships to win bronze. Huske had a busy meet in Knoxville, opting to not swim the 100 fly there however displaying off a ways vary swimming the 200 fly and 200 breast.

Urlando is the #11 seed within the 200 free, #10 seed within the 100 fly, #2 seed within the 200 fly, #11 seed within the 400 free, and #18 seed within the 100 free. After having shoulder surgical procedure in November 2022, Urlando swam his first 200 fly since surgical procedure on the US Open and swam the occasion once more on the Professional Swim Knoxville cease earlier this yr. His entries give him a busier meet right here in Westmont if he chooses to swim all of them.

Johnston and Gallant are every entered in the identical 4 occasions, the 400 IM, 400 free, 800 free, and 1500 free. Johnston competed for the US final month on the 2024 World Championships in Doha whereas Gallant has not competed because the US Open.

Ahmed Hafnaoui‘s Bounce Again From 2024 Worlds

Tunasia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui made a coaching swap within the fall as he moved from Indiana to coach with The Swim Group (TST) in California. Hafnaoui is coming off of the 2024 World Championships the place he missed the ultimate of the 400 free, 800 free, and 1500 free.

Hafnaoui was one of many favorites in all three occasions as he received the 800 and 1500 on the 2023 World Championships and was 2nd within the 400 free. He is also the defending Olympic Champion within the 400 free.

Right here in Westmont, he’s the highest seed within the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyles and likewise is the #26 seed within the 200 free. The story right here is whether or not or not Doha might have been a fluke, a one-off, a nasty meet (all of us do have them), and if he can bounce again whereas in Illinois.

Cal Males Attending Westmont Over Pac-12 Champs

Destin Lasco, Dare Rose, Jack Alexy, and Gabriel Jett will all miss the Pac-12 Championship which are scheduled to start tomorrow in addition to they as a substitute will get some lengthy course racing in. Lasco, Rose, and Alexy all made the 2023 World Championship roster for the US.

All 4 males have already got one LCM meet below their belt this yr as all of them swam within the coronary heart of the twin meet season on the Professional Swim cease in Knoxville. As an alternative of racing SCY in Washington this weekend, they’ll get some extra Olympic yr prep in.

Lasco is entered within the 100 again (#5 seed), 200 again (#3 seed), and 200 free (#32 seed). Rose is within the 100 fly (#3 seed), 200 fly (#8 seed), and 200 free (#16 seed). Alexy is within the 200 free (#65 seed, yards entry time), 50 free (#1 seed), and 100 free (#1 seed). Jett has the busiest schedule as he’s entered in six occasions, 100 free, 200 free, 400 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM the place he’s notably the #4 seed within the 200 fly and #9 seed within the 100 fly.

Grimes And Weinstein, From Worlds Scratch To Westmont Swims

Sandpipers of Nevada teammates Katie Grimes and Claire Weinstein had been initially scheduled to swim on the 2024 World Championships however determined to remain residence in January. Grimes ended up competing within the open water however didn’t swim within the pool. The 2 swam SCY a number of weeks in the past, however now will flip again to the LCM pool.

On the time of their scratch from Worlds, Sandpipers of Nevada coach Ron Aitken advised SwimSwam, “There have been many elements that went into the choice, and [it] simply made extra sense to remain nearer to residence.” They’re certainly a lot nearer to residence in Westmont than they’d have been in Doha.

Weinstein was initially scheduled to swim the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles at 2024 Worlds, whereas Grimes was initially scheduled to swim the 400 IM, 400 and 1500 freestyles, 200 backstroke, and 200 butterfly. In Westmonth, Weinstein will tackle the 50 free, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 400 IM, and 200 butterfly whereas Grimes will swim the 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 400 IM, 200 butterfly, and 100 backstorke.

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