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Caeleb Dressel

Gold

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Silver

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Bronze

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United States of America USA

Twenty-one-year-old Caeleb Dressel was still dripping wet when his University of Florida swim coach Gregg Troy asked to see him after his October 18th practice. “It wasn’t anything that important but I always have time to learn something from my coach,” Dressel apologised and explained why he was five minutes late for the phone interview. “It was a pretty good practice today, we swam a long free set and a bit of IM training. I had a good time, I was in a good mood, and it was a great practice.” Dressel was upbeat and enthusiastic for the upcoming collegiate swim season.

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

50m free
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

100m free
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

100m fly
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

4x100m free relay
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

4x100m medley relay
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

4x100m mixed free relay
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

4x100m mixed medley relay

Interview
Caeleb Dressel

When did you start swimming?

I was four years old and I am pretty sure it was just a plan to keep me out of my mom’s hair. Although it was always a lot of fun swimming on a summer league swim team, I have always been a baby when it comes to swimming in cold water. There was a time when I was playing soccer and swimming as well. I started to hate swimming when I was about 10-11 years old, and I was playing a lot of soccer in the beginning of my teenage years until I finally quit soccer. But there was something about the sport that I could not walk away from. I truly enjoyed being on a swim team with my friends and I have always enjoyed my team-mates. I really enjoy going to practice.

What is one of the best swimming moments in swimming that you can recall?

It was watching my Florida team-mate and friend Mark Szaranek tie for first with Will Licon of Texas in the 200 IM at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Mark swims for Scotland and he was the first Gator on the top of the podium during our careers at Florida.

What do you love about swimming?

I love the fact that you can always learn something from swimming. Swimming is a little bit of a mystery. You have to respect the sport, and sometimes the challenge is piecing everything together. There will always be something new, different and exciting. Swimming is so busy for me, that I never get bored. There are fun things to find out about each stroke. There is always something different that you can try, always new things to figure out. I remember when I was 12 years old, racing in the 200m individual medley in the championship finals. I didn’t have a very good breaststroke leg and was surprised I qualified as one of the top 8. My coach was sure I could win the race and I was just as sure that he was out of his mind. As I stood on the blocks I recalled the race plan that he and I discussed before the race, and I wasn’t as nervous as before. I actually out-split everyone in the breaststroke and won the race with a best time. That race was probably the first time that everything came together. That race helped me build confidence and I have tried never to doubt myself ever since.