JACKSONVILLE, Florida, November 19. CAELEB Dressel won’t go far from home to make his impact on the collegiate swimming scene, as the Florida Swim Network reports that the in-demand sprinter has committed to attend the University of Florida.
Dressel’s announcement comes a little more than a week after he his national high school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a blazing 19.29 at the Florida 2A high school state championships. He also showed his range as a freestyler with an impressive 43.39 in the 100 free and 1:34.39 in the 200 free. Each of those times made him a hot commodity as the 17-year-old began weighing his college options in the past week.
Dressel will come to Gainesville at the right time. The Gators lose top sprinter Brad Deborde to graduation this March, as well as dependable relay swimmers Marcin Cieslak and Sebastien Rousseau. With current freshman Mitch D’Arrigo already stepping up, Dressel’s presence will provide a big boost in all relays starting next fall. He also has a sizzling butterfly, with a 45.89 to his credit that stood as the national high school record for two months.
Dressel had an impressive summer representing Jacksonville’s Bolles School Sharks. He set the 15-16 national age group record in the 100 free at USA Swimming nationals with a 49.50, then won gold in the event at the junior world championships with a 48.97. He also set a national age group record in placing third in the 50 free with a 22.22.
Florida Swim Network article