Caeleb Dressel Biography: Stats, Age and More



Caeleb Dressel is an American swimmer. He is a freestyle and butterfly swimmer and known for his fastest sprint. He is representing USA in Tokyo Olympics 2021 and has won the Gold Medal. Caeleb has many records at National and International levels. He has won 7 Gold medals World Aquatic Championship 2017. He also won 8 medals from World Aquatic Championship 2019.

Caeleb Dressel

Dressel is record 4 time Olympic Gold Medalist including Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Caeleb Dressel Wiki

Full nameCaeleb Remel Dressel
National teamUnited States
BornAugust 16, 1996 (age 24) Green Cove Springs, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight194 lb (88 kg)
Spouse(s)Meghan Haila Dressel
StrokesButterfly, Freestyle
ClubCali Condors Gator Swim Club Kids
College teamFlorida
CoachGregg Troy

Dressel’s Early life

Dressel was born on August 16, 1996, in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Dressel’s parents are Christina and Michael Dressel. Dressel attended Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, Florida, but trained with the Bolles School Sharks in Jacksonville. He was a collegiate swimmer at the University of Florida starting in 2014, and he graduated in 2018.

Dressel’s Career

Dressel have many many national level and world level records and medals.


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. He led off the 200-yard free relay in 19.82, where he became the first swimmer under 16 years old to break 20 seconds.


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.


During his freshman year at the University of Florida, he won the 2015 NCAA title in the 50 yard freestyle. 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. His winning time of 21.53 in the 50 meter freestyle ranked 4th in the world for 2015.


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 and the 100-yard freestyle with 40.46.

2016 Summer Olympics

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.


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 and 40.00, respectively. He also tied his 50 freestyle record with an 18.20, the same as the preceding year.

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 23, 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. 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. 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.


Dressel in the 100 fly

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 an 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. The next day, he broke the American and US open records in the 100 yard butterfly, swimming a 42.80. 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. 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.


2019 World Championships

2019 World Championships
Gold medal – first place50 m freestyle21.04 (NR)
Gold medal – first place100 m freestyle46.96 (NR)
Gold medal – first place50 m butterfly22.35 (AM)
Gold medal – first place100 m butterfly49.50 (sf) (WR)
Gold medal – first place4×100 m freestyle3:09.06 (CR)
Gold medal – first place4×100 m mixed freestyle3:19.40 (WR)
Silver medal – second place4×100 m medley3:28.45
Silver medal – second place4×100 m mixed medley3:39.10

At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea, he first won a gold as part of the team in Men’s 4×100 m freestyle relay. He then won gold in the 50 m butterfly, an event he failed to win in 2017. He is the first American man to win that event, and he set a new national and championship record time of 22.35 second for the event. This is followed by a national record and the third fastest time in history (46.96) in the 100 m freestyle. He did so in a textile suit, which is substantially less buoyant than the full body suit used to set the record.

In the 100 m butterfly event, Dressel broke Michael Phelps’ ten-year-old record by 0.32 second in the semi-final, setting a new world-record time of 49.50 seconds. He won gold in the final the following day. That same day within two hours, Dressel won two further golds – in the 50 m freestyle in a Championships record time, and as part of the team in the mixed 4×100 meter freestyle relay, which was won in a world-record time of 3 minutes, 19.40 seconds. This is a repeat of his achievement in Hungary in 2017, and it is also the first time anyone has won three gold medals in a single day at the Championships twice.

In the final day of the Championships, Dressel helped United States win a silver in the men’s 4×100 meter medley relay. The medal is the eighth that Dressel won at the Championships, and the most anyone has won at a single Championships. He was named FINA male swimmer of the meet, which he also won in 2017.

International Swimming League

In 2019 he was a member of the inaugural International Swimming League representing the Cali Condors, who finished third place in the final match in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. Dressel won the MVP in all 3 matches he participated in as well as winning the skins race each time. Dressel swam the 50 Freestyle in Las Vegas and beat Florent Manaudou’s world record by going a 20.24. He also won the 100 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, and 50 Butterfly.


International Swimming League

Continuing to represent the Cali Condors, Dressel broke four world records in the 100-meter butterfly (at 47.78 seconds) and the 50-meter freestyle world record, which he already held (to 20.16 seconds). He is the first man to swim the 100-meter butterfly in less than 48 seconds. He also broke his own 100 IM record twice, dropping it to 49.88 the first time, and 49.28 the second time. These two record breaks occurred one weekend after he was the first swimmer to ever do the 100-meter individual medley in under 50 seconds.

Coaching career

In August 2020, SPIRE Institute and Academy signed Dressel to become one of their swimming ambassadors. As an ambassador he will lead and instruct select classes.


2020 US Olympic Trials

On day two of the 2020 USA Swimming Olympic Trials (held in June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), on June 14, 2021, Dressel competed in the 200 meter freestyle prelims in the morning, swimming a 1:46.63 and ranking 2nd overall for the heats. Dressel’s swim moved him up in rankings to the all-time 20th fastest American in the event. Following his morning swim, Dressel decided not to swim in the event’s semifinals.

On day four of competition, Wednesday June 16, 2021, Dressel ranked 5th out of all prelims heats in the 100 meter freestyle swimming a 48.25 and advancing to the semifinals. In the semifinals in the evening of the same day, Dressel ranked first with a time of 47.77 and advanced to the final. On day five, Thursday June 17, 2021, Dressel won the 100 m freestyle with a time of 47.39 and qualifying him for the US Olympic Swimming team in the 100 m freestyle and the 4×100 m freestyle relay for the 2020 Summer Olympics. He tied the US Open record and Championships record for the 100 meter freestyle with his swim. This marked the second Olympic Games Dressel qualified to compete at.

On day six, Dressel won the prelims heats of the 100 meter butterfly with a 50.17 breaking the US Open record and Championships record. On the same day in the semifinals, he improved further on his US Open record dropping it to a 49.76, earning Dressel the top 3 times in history in the event.

In the morning of day seven, Dressel swam a 21.29 in the prelims heats of the 50 meter freestyle, taking first, breaking the Championships record, and advancing to the semifinals. In the evening of day seven, Dressel swam in the final of the 100 meter butterfly and the semifinals of the 50 meter freestyle. In the final of the 100 meter butterfly, Dressel swam a 49.87, winning the final and swimming under 50 seconds for the fifth time. His swim qualified him to represent the United States in the 100 meter butterfly at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In the semifinals of the 50 meter freestyle, Dressel posted a 21.51, advancing as the fastest seed to the final.

On the final day, Dressel qualified to swim the 50 meter freestyle at the 2020 Olympic Games by winning the final with a time of 21.04. Dressel’s swim also tied his personal best time and set a new US Open record.

2020 Summer Olympics

On day three of competition, Dressel won his first medal at the 2020 Olympics swimming in the finals of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. He helped the relay win the gold medal, swimming the relay’s lead-off leg and splitting the second fastest time among his relay teammates Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker, and Zach Apple.

On day four of competition, Dressel ranked second overall in the prelims heats of the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 47.73 and advanced to the semifinals. The following morning of competition, he swam a 47.23 in his semifinal heat and advanced to the final ranking second for both semifinal heats.

Dressel won his first individual Olympic gold medal in the final of the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 47.02, a new Olympic record. Dressel finished six hundredths of a second ahead of Australian Kyle Chalmers, which was a changing of Olympic champion from the 2016 Summer Olympics where Chalmers won the gold medal and Dressel finished sixth in the 100 meter freestyle.

Personal life

Dressel started a YouTube channel October 8, 2011 and began posting videos to his channel deconstructing some of his past swims in July 2020. In the first video he analyzed his swim setting a new world record in the 100 meter butterfly. He has also shared critique of his past races and swims with SwimSwam. Leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympics, he ventured into analyses of swimming in pop culture. Dressel provided his perspective to GQ on swimming scenes from various movies including scenes featuring survival swimming (such as in Cast Away and Kingsman: The Secret Service) and competitive swimming (as in Pride).

Dressel has been in a relationship since 2013 with fellow swimmer Meghan Haila who trained with him while in high school. Dressel and Haila got engaged in late 2019. They got married in February 2021.


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