Caeleb Dressel. The first person in HISTORY to win three golds in a single day at any international competition of this caliber. Nobody has ever done it at an Olympics. Nobody has ever done it at a World Championships. Until now. The sprinter is a product of Green Cove Springs and Clay High School along with having swum year-round at the Bolles School. He has certainly used this year’s World Championships in Budapest to his advantage as a stepping stone to bud into the biggest name in US Swimming these days. Period.
He went into tonight’s finals session with golds under his belt but used his three championship final swims to his advantage. He jumped in for the 50 Freestyle and finished with a time of 21.2 for the Gold. Then, within the same exact hour, we swam the 100 Butterfly in an extraordinary second fastest time EVER 49.86. That’s only .04 off of Michael Phelps’ World Record set during the technical suits era. To finish off this extraordinary night, he then joined his fellow Team USA teammates for the mixed relay claiming yet another gold and splitting a now common 47.2 on his freestyle lead off leg.
Let’s recap. Caeleb has won gold in the following.
400 MIXED MEDLEY RELAY
400 FREESTYLE RELAY
This kid is certainly up to something. If you ask any normal US sports fan these days who Caeleb Dressel is, they are certainly going to respond with not only identifying him as a marquee US swimmer but the fastest man in the world. Congrats to Caeleb, his family, the Florida Gators, and everyone who has been with him since his Bolles days. Kid is special, and this worlds is his coming out party.