Caeleb Dressel Nominated for Sullivan Award for Amateur Athletes

Photo Courtesy: Thomas Campbell/Texas A&M Athletics

Caeleb Dressel has been named a nominee for the 88th Sullivan Award, given to the top amateur athlete in the United States. The nomination is in recognition of Dressel’s phenomenal 2017, when won a record-tying seven gold medals at the FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Also recognized in his official nomination are Dressel’s three individual wins at both the 2017 NCAA and U.S. National championships, as well as Dressel winning three gold medals in one day at the World Champs. He’s even given credit for his humble and giving nature outside the pool.

“In the midst of a demanding academic and training schedule, Caeleb is active in the Gainesville community with his fellow University of Florida student-athletes. An incredibly humble individual, Caeleb always looks to help out his teammates. After winning SEC Male Swimmer of the Meet honors and the Commissioner’s Trophy, Caeleb was one of only three swimmers to stick around to make sure the entire UF team area was clean. He picked up teammates’ and coaches’ items that they left behind, as well as throwing away garbage they left.”

Dressel will compete next week at the men’s NCAA championships in Minneapolis after he set American records in the 200 IM and 100 breast at the SEC championships last month.

To vote for Dressel for the Sullivan Award, click here.

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    How ironic. He probably doesn’t do a stroke of garbage yardage, yet he eagerly volunteers for garbage duty. I hope he’s the 88th winner!

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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