Caeleb Dressel bests Joseph Schooling in 100 butterfly at ISCA International Senior Cup

The reigning world champion faced the reigning Olympic champion in the event

By Scott Bregman
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Two-time Olympic champion Caeleb Dressel added another ISCA International Senior Cup win to his resume Friday (26 March), as he bested Joseph Schooling, the 2016 100m butterfly Olympic champion, to claim the 100 butterfly title. Dressel won the 2019 world title in the 100m fly. The event is being held in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In the 100 fly, Dressel cruised to the win with a 51.69 time. Schooling swam a 52.93, followed by Jack Conger at 53.05. Conger won a gold medal with Team USA as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay team at Rio 2016.

Dressel and six-time Olympic gold swimming medallist Ryan Lochte faced off earlier in the day in the 400 IM, but withdrew from the afternoon's finals. In the prelims, Lochte bested Dressel 3:40.42 to 3:44.15.

They did, however, face each other in the 200 freestyle, the last event of Friday's competition programme. But neither ended victorious as Alex Sobers posted a 1:48.35 to win the event, followed by Khader Baqlah at 1:48.62. Dressel finished third (1:49.26), and Lochte was sixth (1:51.87).

Both of the Team USA stars picked up wins earlier in the week with Lochte taking the 200 IM and 100 backstroke on Wednesday. Thursday, Dressel was the fastest swimmer in the 50 breaststroke.

Competition continues Saturday with the 100 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 200 breaststroke, the women’s 800 and the men’s 1500.