Caeleb Dressel is the Future of American Swimming

Last summer, it was clear Caeleb Dressel had potential. The then 19 year old Florida Gator swimmer was a member of the winning 4 x 100 freestyle relay team and qualified as an individual for the 50 and 100 m freestyle events. In each race, Dressel showed some early speed, but lacked sustainability. While the experienced Nathan Adrian picked up two bronzes in the 50 and 100 m finals, Dressel failed to medal in either. However, everything changed at this year’s FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Caeleb Dressel tied Michael Phelps for an all time record, racking up seven gold metals at one competition. While Adrian struggled to a silver in the 100 free and didn’t even qualify for the 50 free final, Dressel picked up gold and both of those races, as well as the 100 m butterfly and the aforementioned 4 x 100 free relay. This summer was different for Dressel. The competition didn’t look too big for him. He not only was in front at the start of each race, but he converted that power to the finish line. As for the future of US Swimming, it will be a tough three years for Dressel to maintain this superb form, but he certainly has shown his potential to be dominant at the world level. If he keeps up this level of performance, it is undoubtedly realistic for one to think he could rack up some accomplishments that come close to rivaling the legendary Michael Phelps.

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