Florida superstar Caeleb Dressel was quick to hit the medal podium with some great swims on day 1 of the swimming portion of the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. On the individual side, Caeleb has placed himself perfectly for a top seed in the 50m Butterfly final tomorrow night, but it was Caelebs showing on the USA 4x100m FR Relay that really turned heads tonight. Posting an incredible 47.26, Caeleb’s starting leg carried momentum into the USA taking relay gold in a final time of 3:10.06. The following are other notable swims by Team USA and other swimmers with ties to the state.

Women’s 400m Freestyle – Final
Gold: Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming), 3:58.34

Silver: Leah Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa./Cavalier Swimming), 4:01.54

Bronze: Bingjie Li (CHN), 4:03.25

FSU Swimmer Daniella Van den Berg swam a 4:32.09 in the 400m free for 33rd

Race Notes:

  • Ledecky opened her third FINA World Championships winning her 10th gold medal and third straight in this event.
  • Ledecky’s time was the second-fastest in history and broke the world championships record
  • Smith followed for silver to win her first individual FINA World Championships medal. Tonight marks the first time Ledecky and Smith have claimed first and second together on the international stage.
  • This is the first time since the 1978 FINA World Championships that USA has put two swimmers on the podium in this event.


Ledecky: “It was my second-best time ever, a really good swim for me, and I can take a lot of positives away from it. Every year is not going to be faster … just trying to build towards 2020. There’s no disappointment. It’s a FINA World Championships gold medal and there’s nothing to complain about there.”

Ledecky (on Leah Smith): “Just to get that 1-2 finish, I think we’ve kind of been working on that for a while and it was fun to finally do that.”

Smith (on Team USA going 1-2):It felt really cool, I’ve never gone 1-2 with Katie [Ledecky] at an international meet … last summer I was bronze, so moving up to silver at the international stage was really cool for me especially because I’ve never swam an individual event at Worlds before. I have a big schedule here, so I wanted to start off on a good note.”

Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Final

Gold: United States, 3:10.06

Caeleb Dressell (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks)

Townley Haas (Richmond, Va./NOVA of Virginia Aquatics)

Blake Pieroni (Valparaiso, Ind./Indiana University)

Nathan Adrian (Bremerton, Wash./California Aquatics)

Silver: Brazil, 3:10.34

Bronze: Hungary, 3:11.99


Race Notes

  • Dressell broke his second American Record of the night with his lead-off swim, posting a 47.26 to give Team USA an early lead.
  • While the United States maintained the lead for the entire race, Brazil closed the gap and veteran Adrian touched the wall for gold.
  • Today marks the first gold medal for the U.S. since 2009 in this relay. The Americans have now won gold in 13 of the past 17 world championships.



Dressell (on his American record): “It feels really good, I think when I go out, I come home well … I just kind of went for it, and it worked out well. It was seven tenths faster than I was at Olympic Trials.”

Dressell (on preliminary swimmers): “Those guys are just as deserving as all of us here. They got us into the final. Fifty percent of our relay is from the morning, so we need those guys just as much as our night swimmers. They deserve a lot more credit than they get.”

Adrian: “It was exciting, I’m glad to be on the winning end of that race … it’s all about being tough, racing and trying to get your hand on the wall first.”

Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay – Final

Gold: United States, 3:31.72

Mallory Comerford (Kalamazoo, Mich./University of Louisville)

Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics)

Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming)

Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming)

Silver: Australia, 3:32.01

Bronze: Netherlands, 3:32.64

Race Notes

  • Team USA lowered the American record last set at the 2016 Olympic Games
  • Comerford led off the relay and broke the 100m free American record with a time of 53.75
  • The U.S. last won gold in this relay in 2013 after a 10-year drought


Ledecky: “It was a good start for the whole team and I think we have some good momentum going for the rest of the meet. It’s a great honor just to be on the relay.”

Worrell: “I think as a team we set a goal from the beginning of training camp that we wanted to make a statement with this relay. It’s been awhile since we’ve been on top. I think we really achieved that, made a statement with that and I think we still have room for improvement which is exciting.”

Comerford: “I was just trying to have fun, enjoy this relay with these girls and go out and win. Being able to share this with them is such an honor, and being able to represent Team USA in a final is just so amazing.”

Manuel: “I really just put my blinders on. I’m best when I’m swimming my own race … I just wanted to get my hand on the wall. It means a lot, like we’ve all said, we talked about this since the beginning of training camp. We really wanted to set ourselves up to win in Tokyo.”

Men’s 400m Freestyle – Final
Gold: Sun Yang (CHN), 3:41.38

Silver: Mack Horton (AUS), 3:43.85

Bronze: Gabriele Detti (ITA), 3:43.93

  1. Zane Grothe (Boulder City, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 3:45.86

UF Swimmer Khader Baqlah (Jordan) finished with a time of 3:54.13, good for 32nd place in the Prelim!

Race Notes:

  • After qualifying eighth in prelims, Grothe moved up to seventh in finals
  • Individually, Grothe will also represent Team USA in the 800m free
  • Connor Jaeger won bronze in the 400m free in 2011 for Team USA


Zane Grothe (on his Worlds debut): “It was amazing, being in front of this many people on such a big stage.”

Grothe (on his performance): “I’ve never gone that fast in prelims to be able to make it back to finals. My mind was in a good place, I was ready to race, but it was tough … a learning experience.”

Women’s 100m Butterfly – Semifinal
1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 55.77

  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 56.23
  2. Kelsi Worrell (Westampton, N.J./Cardinal Aquatics), 56.74
  3. Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas/Aggie Swim Club), 58.48

Gator Swimmer Liliana Szilagyi (Hungary) finished 9th overall with a time of 57.75!

Race Notes:

  • Worrell posted the fourth-fastest time in the world and is seeded third in tomorrow’s final.
  • The U.S. did not medal in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships. Dana Vollmer won bronze in 2013, and gold in 2011.

Men’s 50m Butterfly – Semifinal
1. Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks), 22.76

  1. Andrii Govorov (UKR), 22.77
  2. Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.84
  3. Tim Phillips (Vienna, W. Va./SwimMAC Carolina), 23.25

Race Notes:

  • Dressel picked up the top seed for tomorrow’s final with an American-record swim.
  • After finishing 13th in this event at the 2015 FINA World Championships, Phillips qualifies for his first individual final.
  • Team USA has never won gold in this event, and the last medal came from Eugene Godsoe’s silver in 2013.

Men’s 100m Breaststroke – Semifinal
1. Adam Peaty (GBR), 57.75

  1. Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill./Unattached), 58.64
  2. Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Badger Swim Club), 59.08

FSU Swimmer Marc Rojas finishes 52nd in the 100 breast with a time of 1:03.65

Race Notes:

  • Cordes lowered the American Record that he broke at 2017 Phillips 66 Nationals last month.
  • Cordes was followed by Miller, who held the American Record prior to Cordes.
  • USA last won a world championships medal in this event in 2007, with Brendan Hansen’s gold.

Women’s 200m Individual Medley – Semifinal
1. Katinka Hozzu (HUN), 2:07.14

  1. Melanie Margalis (Clearwater, Fla./St. Petersburg Aquatics), 2:08.70
  2. Sydney Pickrem (CAN), 2:09.70
  3. Madisyn Cox (Lubbock, Texas/Longhorn Aquatics), 2:09.97

Race Notes:

  • Margalis posted a personal record by a half second for the second-fastest swim behind 2016 Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hozzu,
  • Cox made her world championships debut and will join Margalis in tomorrow’s final.