Caeleb Dressel

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Caeleb Dressel
Caeleb Dressel before winning 100 fly (42769914221).jpg
Dressel in 2018
Personal information
National team United States
Born (1996-08-16) August 16, 1996 (age 22)[1]
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight190 lb (86 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubBolles School[2]
College teamUniversity of Florida[1]

Caeleb Remel Dressel (born August 16, 1996) is an American freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly swimmer who specializes in the sprint events. He won seven gold medals at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. Dressel is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and currently holds American records in 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and the 50-meter butterfly (all long course), as well as the world records in the 4×100 meter mixed freestyle and medley relays (long course). He also holds American records in the short course 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard individual medley, and formerly in the 100-yard breaststroke. Dressel attended Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida.

Personal life[edit]

Dressel was born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, the son of Christina and Michael Dressel. He is the third of four children.

Career[edit]

2012[edit]

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Dressel was the youngest male swimmer at 15 and placed 145th in the 50-meter freestyle and tied for 152nd in the 100-meter freestyle.

2013[edit]

At the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, Dressel won six medals, including a gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle, breaking the Championships record.

At the 2013 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships (the USA Swimming sanctioned national championship meet for 18 and under swimmers), Dressel became the youngest swimmer in history to break the 19 second barrier in the 50 yard freestyle, swimming an 18.94 to lead off his club team's relay.[3]

2015[edit]

During his freshman year at the University of Florida, he won the 2015 NCAA title in the 50 yard freestyle.[4] At the senior 2015 National Championships (long course) in San Antonio, he won two individual titles, in the 50 meter and the 100 meter freestyle.[5][6] His winning time of 21.53 in the 50 meter freestyle ranked 4th in the world for 2015.[4][7][8]

2016[edit]

Michael Phelps and Dressel (right) after winning the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics.

At the 2016 Men's NCAA Division I Championships, he broke the American and US Open records in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 18.20[9] and the 100-yard freestyle with 40.46.[10]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Dressel won his first gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. In the final, he swam the lead-off leg in 48.10 (the second-fastest opening leg in the field), and was followed by teammates Michael Phelps, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian. The American team recorded a time of 3:09.92.

In the 100-meter freestyle, Dressel finished sixth in the final with a time of 48.02.

Dressel also swam in the heats of the 4×100-meter medley relay, and earned his second gold medal when the USA finished first in the finals. He recorded a freestyle split of 47.74 in the heats.

2017[edit]

At the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships, he broke the American and US Open records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard freestyle with times of 43.58[11] and 40.00,[12] respectively.

2017 World Championships[edit]

2017 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 50 m freestyle 21.15 (NR)
Gold medal – first place 100 m freestyle 47.17 (NR)
Gold medal – first place 100 m butterfly 49.86
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m freestyle 3:10.06
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m medley 3:27.91
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m mixed freestyle 3:19.60 (WR)
Gold medal – first place 4×100 m mixed medley 3:38.56 (WR)

At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Dressel won seven gold medals and set numerous American records. Dressel was named the male swimmer of the meet. He also became the second swimmer to win seven gold medals at a single World Championships, after Michael Phelps in 2007.

On the first day of competition, July 23rd, Dressel set the American record in the 50 meter butterfly with a time of 22.76, topping the semifinals. Later that evening in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Dressel set the American record in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 47.26 in the leadoff leg. Combined with Townley Haas, Blake Pieroni, and Nathan Adrian, the American team won gold with a time of 3:10.06, earning him his first gold of the Championships.

On day two, Dressel finished fourth in the 50 meter butterfly final with a time of 22.89, missing a medal by 0.05 seconds.

On day four, Dressel took part in the 4×100 meter mixed medley relay, swimming the butterfly leg and splitting a 49.92. Along with teammates Matt Grevers, Lilly King, and Simone Manuel, the American team won gold in a new world record time of 3:38.56.[13] That time broke the record set earlier in the day by Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell, and Mallory Comerford.

On day five, Dressel re-set the 100-meter freestyle American record with a 47.17 in the 100 meter freestyle final, en route to winning gold by a margin of 0.70 seconds over silver medalist and teammate Nathan Adrian.

On day seven, Dressel became the first swimmer ever to win three gold medals on a single day.[14] He won the 50 meter freestyle in 21.15, a new world textile best time. Half an hour later he won the 100 meter butterfly in 49.86, again a new world textile best and 0.04 seconds above the world record held by Michael Phelps. The third gold medal came in the 4×100 meter mixed freestyle relay, where he led off in 47.22. Dressel and teammates Adrian, Comerford, and Manuel broke the world record for this relay with a time of 3:19.60.

On the eighth and last day of competition, Dressel won his 7th gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Swimming the butterfly leg, Dressel recorded a time of 49.76 and the American team of Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, and Nathan Adrian won with a time of 3:27.91.

2018[edit]

At the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Dressel won all three of his individual races, and won his first relay national title.

On day 2 of the competition, March 22, 2018, Dressel broke the American and US Open records in the 50 yard freestyle thrice. He first swam a 18.11 in the individual preliminaries race in the morning session. He later improved upon that record in the evening leading off The University of Florida's national championship winning relay with a 17.81 split, and finalized his record with a 17.63 in the 50 yard freestyle final. [15] The next day, he broke the American and US open records in the 100 yard butterfly, swimming a 42.80. [16] On the final day of competition, Dressel won the 100 yard freestyle by more than a second in a time of 39.90, completing his sweep of individual events for a second time. [17] This secured him CSCAA Swimmer of the Meet honors for the third year in a row, as he became the first swimmer ever to break the 18 second 50 free barrier, the 40 second 100 free barrier, and the 43 second 100 fly barrier in the history of yards swimming. [18]

On July 19, 2018; Dressel signed with Speedo. [19]

Personal bests[edit]

As of December 18, 2018
Long course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle 21.15 2017 World Championships July 29, 2017 NR
100 m freestyle 47.17 2017 World Championships July 27, 2017 NR
50 m butterfly 22.76 2017 World Championships July 23, 2017 NR
100 m butterfly 49.86 2017 World Championships July 29, 2017
Short course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle 20.43 (r) 2018 World Championships December 14, 2018 AM
100 m freestyle 45.62 2018 World Championships December 14, 2018
100 m butterfly 48.93 2018 World Championships December 12, 2018
  • Dressel swam one of the fastest relay splits in history in the mixed 4x50 medley relay in 20.09. Only splits ever sub-20 were done in the same relay, where Fred Bousquet (19.87) and Amaury Leveaux (19.93) did so for France at the 2008 European Championships.[20]
Short course yards
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 yd freestyle 17.63 2018 NCAA Championships March 22, 2018 NR
100 yd freestyle 39.90 2018 NCAA Championships March 24, 2018 NR
100 yd breaststroke 50.03 2018 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships February 17, 2018 Former NR
100 yd butterfly 42.80 2018 NCAA Championships March 23, 2018 NR
200 yd individual medley 1:38.13 2018 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships February 15, 2018 NR

National/US Open Records Short Course Yards[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Date
1 50 yd freestyle 18.39 (h) 2016 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships February 17, 2016
2 50 yd freestyle (2) 18.23 2016 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships February 17, 2016
3 50 yd freestyle (3) 18.20 2016 NCAA Championships March 24, 2016
4 100 yd freestyle 40.46 2016 NCAA Championships March 26, 2016
5 100 yd freestyle (2) 40.00 2017 NCAA Championships March 25, 2017
6 100 yd butterfly 43.58 2017 NCAA Championships March 25, 2017
7 200 yd individual medley 1:38.13 2018 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships February 15, 2018
8 100 yd breaststroke 50.03 2018 SEC Swimming & Diving Championships February 17, 2018
9 50 yd freestyle (4) 18.11 (h) 2018 NCAA Championships March 22, 2018
10 50 yd freestyle (5) 17.81 (r) 2018 NCAA Championships March 22, 2018
11 50 yd freestyle (6) 17.63 2018 NCAA Championships March 22, 2018
12 100 yd butterfly (2) 42.80 2018 NCAA Championships March 23, 2018
13 100 yd freestyle (3) 39.90 2018 NCAA Championships March 24, 2018

National Records Long Course Meters[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Date
1 50 m butterfly 22.76 (sf) 2017 World Championships July 23, 2017
2 100 m freestyle 47.26 2017 World Championships July 23, 2017
3 100 m freestyle (2) 47.17 2017 World Championships July 27, 2017
4 50 m freestyle 21.15 2017 World Championships July 29, 2017

National Records Short Course Meters[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Date
1 50 m freestyle 20.43 2018 World Championships Dec 14, 2018
2 100 m freestyle 45.62 2018 World Championships Dec 16, 2018


World Records Short Course Meters[edit]

No. Event Time Meet Date
1 4×100 m freestyle relay 3:03.03 2018 World Championships Dec 11, 2018
2 4×50 m medley mix relay 1:36.40 2018 World Championships Dec 13, 2018
3 4×50 m freestyle relay 1:21.80 2018 World Championships Dec 14, 2018
4 4×50 m freestyle mix relay 1:27.89 2018 World Championships Dec 16, 2018

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Keith, Braden (November 19, 2013). "1 Recruit in Class of 2014, Caeleb Dressel, Commits to Florida". Swimswam. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "HE'S DONE IT: CAELEB DRESSEL GOES UNDER 19 SECONDS AT JUST 17 YEARS OLD". SwimSwam. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
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  5. ^ "Men's 50 meter freestyle final results". Omega Timing. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Men's 100 meter freestyle final results". Omega Timing. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
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  8. ^ Lord, Craig (December 17, 2015). "Bruno Fratus Leads The Speed Stakes With 21.37 Relay Opener At Brazil Nationals". Swimvortex. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Keith, Braden (March 24, 2016). "Caeleb Dressel swims 18.20 in NCAA 50 free final, breaks all records". Swimswam. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
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  11. ^ Neidigh, Lauren (March 24, 2017). "Dressel Upsets Schooling; Sets New NCAA Record in 43.58". Swimswam. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
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  14. ^ "Caeleb Dressel becomes first ever to win three gold medals in one night at worlds". The Guardian. July 29, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
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  18. ^ "BARRIER-BREAKING DRESSEL EARNS CSCAA'S SWIMMER OF YEAR AWARD FOR 2018". SwimSwam. 2018-03-24. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  19. ^ https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/caeleb-dressel-officially-signs-deal-with-speedo/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ https://swimswam.com/watch-dressel-make-up-2-second-deficit-with-20-0-anchor/

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Awards
Preceded by
United States Michael Phelps
FINA Swimmer of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
United States Michael Phelps
Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year

2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michael Phelps
American Swimmer of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent