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article imageCaeleb Dressel honored as 'Athlete of the Year' by USA Swimming

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 16, 2019 in Sports
World-class swimmer Caeleb Dressel has a major reason to be proud. He was recognized by USA Swimming at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention.
An Olympic and world champion, Dressel was honored as "Athlete of the Year" by USA Swimming. This marked his second time in the last three years that he received such recognition.
This award was established in 1981 and it is voted on by the House of Delegates of USA Swimming. It is bestowed to the individual who had the most outstanding swimming performances during the year.
At the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Dressel made history. He became the first swimmer to win eight medals at a single competition at the world championship level. This included six gold medals (50 meter butterfly, 100 meter butterfly, 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter freestyle, 4×100 meter freestyle relay and the 4×100 meter mixed freestyle relay), as well as two silver medals in the relay races (4×100 meter mixed medley and 4×100 meter medley).
If that weren't enough, Dressel broke several records, which included him expunging Michael Phelps' world record in the 100 meter butterfly. He set the meet record in the men's 50 meter freestyle, as well as American records in the men's 50 meter butterfly, the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter freestyle.
In other news, retired competitive swimmer Michael Phelps was recognized with the "USA Swimming Award."
Read More: Caeleb Dressel chatted with Digital Journal about his plans for the future, which include competing for the International Swimming League (ISL) for the Cali Condors with Olympian Jason Lezak as the General Manager.
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