SWIMMING: Why Caeleb Dressel wasn’t up to par this season

It made no sense that Caeleb Dressel didn’t dominate the U.S. National Championships this season after winning seven gold medals at the 2017 World Championships and looking so strong in early-season meets.

Now, more information is coming out.

During the NBC telecast of the Pan-Pacific Championships, announcer Dan Hicks mentioned that Dressel had suffered a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida at the end of June. Dressel brushed it off as nothing serious, but Swimming World Magazine reported that “according to a source, he was out of the pool for two full weeks and he only decided a few days before Nationals that he would compete.”

Obviously still not 100%, Dressel competed well at the Pan-Pacs, taking silver medals in the 50 m and 100 m Freestyles and winning the 100 m Butterfly.