Caeleb Dressel OLY is an American sprint swimmer who excels in freestyle and butterfly. He is presently a member of the Cali Condors, a team that competes in the International Swimming League. At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, he won seven gold medals, and at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, he earned an unprecedented eight medals, including six gold.

In the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle, as well as the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly, Caeleb Dressel owns the American records (all long course). He also has short course records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard individual medley, and the 100-yard breaststroke. His full name is Caeleb Remel Dressel.

Caeleb Dressel won five gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making him the fifth American to do it in a single Olympics in the last 50 years. The other four are Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps, Eric Heiden, and Matt Biondi. He also made history by becoming the first swimmer to win gold in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, and 100-meter butterfly at the same Olympics.

Quick Info 
NameCaeleb Remel Dressel
BirthplaceGreen Cove Springs, Florida
Date of birth
1996, August 19
FatherMichael Dressel
MotherChristina Dressel
Net worth3 million
Siblings3 (Tyler, Sherridon, and Kaitlyn)
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityWhite
ProfessionSwimming
Marital statusMarried
SpouseMeghan Haila

Early life

Caeleb Dressel was born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, on August 16, 1996, to Christina and Michael Dressel. Michael is a Jacksonville, Florida-based veterinarian.  Dressel is the third of four children; Tyler, Kaitlyn, and Sherridon, his three siblings, are all talented swimmers.

Caeleb Dressel
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Dressel went to Green Cove Springs, Florida’s Clay High School, but trained with the Bolles School Sharks in Jacksonville. Starting in 2014, he was a collegiate swimmer at the University of Florida, where he graduated in 2018.

 

Career

Caeleb Dressel was the youngest male swimmer at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, finishing 145th in the 50-meter freestyle and tied for 152nd in the 100-meter freestyle. He swam the opening leg of the 200-yard free relay in 19.82 seconds, becoming the first swimmer under the age of 16 to breach the 20-second barrier. Dressel won six medals in the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, including a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle, which set a new championship record.

Dressel became the youngest swimmer in history to break the 19-second barrier in the 50-yard freestyle during the 2013 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships, swimming an 18.94 to start off his club team’s relay.

He won the NCAA title in the 50-yard freestyle during his freshman year at the University of Florida. He won two individual championships at the senior 2015 National Championships in San Antonio, in the 50 meters and 100-meter freestyle. In the 50 meter freestyle, his winning time of 21.53 placed 4th in the world for 2015.

After winning the 4100 m freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics, Michael Phelps and Dressel (right). He set American and US Open records in the 50-yard freestyle (18.20) and the 100-yard freestyle (40.46) in the 2016 Men’s NCAA Division I Championships.

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Dressel earned his first gold medal in the 4100-meter freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Dressel finished sixth in the final of the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.02.

Caeleb Dressel also competed in the 4100-meter medley relay preliminaries, where he won his second gold medal when the USA won the finals. In the heats, he had a freestyle split of 47.74. With performances of 43.58[18] and 40.00[19] at the 2017 NCAA Division I Championships, he broke the American and US Open records in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle, respectively. With an 18.20, he also matched his previous year’s 50 freestyle record.

Dressel won seven gold medals and set multiple American records at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Dressel was chosen the meet’s best male swimmer. After Michael Phelps in 2007, he became the second swimmer to win seven gold medals at a single World Championships.

Caeleb Dressel won all three of his solo races and his first relay national title at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. He first earned gold as part of the squad in the Men’s 4100 m freestyle relay at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. He subsequently went on to win gold in the 50-meter butterfly, an event he had previously failed to win in 2017.

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In 2019, Caeleb Dressel competed in the inaugural International Swimming League for the Cali Condors, finishing third in the final match in December in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dressel will join the SPIRE Institute and Academy as a swimming ambassador in August 2020. He will lead and instruct chosen classes as an ambassador.

 

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Relationship status

Meghan Haila, who is also a swimmer, is Caeleb Dressel’s current wife. Caeleb met his current wife when he was in high school. Since 2013, the two have been in a romantic relationship. In February 2021, the couple married in their hometown. Meghan is a huge supporter of Caeleb’s swimming and frequently joins her husband in competitions.

Meghan has adopted her long-time love’s surname and now goes by the name Meghan Dressel on Instagram.

 

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Net worth

Caeleb Dressel, a two-time Olympian gold medalist, is projected to have a net worth of $3 million. He made the majority of his money through competitive swimming and sponsorship deals with corporations such as Speedo, Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Reese’s chocolates.

Caeleb Dressel, according to the source, signed a sponsorship deal with Speedo, a swimwear company, on July 19, 2018. In an Instagram post, he also thanked Speedo for their support.

 

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