Sarah Sjostrom and Caeleb Dressel Announced as Swimmers of the Meet

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Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and Caeleb Dressel of the United States were announced as the swimmers of the meet at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest.

Sjostrom won three gold medals and a silver and set three world records in the competition. Sjostrom won the 100 fly, 50 fly and 50 free here in Budapest as she set world records in the 50 and 100 free. Sjostrom led off her country’s 4×100 free relay with a world record on the first night (51.71) and set the 50 free record last night (23.67) in the semi-finals. Sjostrom was also silver in the 100 free getting out-touched by American Simone Manuel in the final.

Sjostrom also helped her team finish fifth in the 4×100 free and 4×100 medley relay finals as she split the fastest butterfly split of all-time in the medley relay with a 55.03. Sjostrom is still only 23 years old.

Dressel won three individual gold medals as well in the 100 free, 50 free and 100 fly. Dressel also picked up relay gold medals in the 4×100 free and 4×100 medley relays as well as the two mixed relays. Dressel swam the textile bests in the 50 free (21.15) and the 100 fly (49.86) and set an American Record in the 100 free (47.17) and the 50 fly (22.76). He also swam the second fastest fly split ever in the medley relay with a 49.76 split.

Dressel also was a part of two mixed relay world records as he led off the free relay and swam butterfly on the medley. Dressel is a few weeks shy of his 21st birthday as he turns 21 on August 16, so he still has a big career ahead of him as he heads into his senior year at the University of Florida.



  1. Halim Yussuf

    Surprising, Ledecky was not included.

    • Bess Swanson

      Sjostrom’s 3 world records is hard to top.
      But several where In Running I’m sure. King had 3 world records but added a 4th place finish in 2breast.

      Fast meet!

    • Robin Walker

      Awesome!!! I’d have to add Chase K., plus Lily King and Ledecky to the mix too. I will say Sjostrom and Dressel were dynamite plus looked only positive and happy throughout the whole meet, no drama or finger pointing, only great swimming!

  2. Pat Kennedy

    Congratulations to Sarah and Caeleb. Outstanding swimming this week.

  3. Dale Sprosty

    USA Swimming is in great hands!’

  4. Mikael Laakso

    Adam Peaty was better…

    • Clare Higgins

      They both stand out, tough call. Filling the MP gap nicely between them

  5. Pam Esser

    So we’ll desearved! 🇺🇸

  6. Jörgen Tisell

    Super Sarah 🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪🏆🏆🏆👏👏👏

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    The sprint distances are more competitive, that and the WR:s sets Sarah apart, I think. But Ledecky is still more dominant in her fields.

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      Sjostrom’s most dominant wins have actually had a greater percentage gap than Ledecky’s. Her 50 butterfly win ought to be the most dominant of the championships, with over a 3% winning margin. One of the most dominant wins of all-time.

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    The article should mention that the swimmers of the meet was determined by a points table and not a jury.. and for individual swims only. 5p for gold, 3p silver, 2p bronze, 1p 4th place. 2p for WR.

    Which means that Sjostrom gathered 22p. Ledecky with the same individual hardware finished with 18p without the records.

    • avatar

      So was Sjostrom’s WR in the 4×100 F included whereas Ledecky’s win in said race wasn’t?

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        Yes, as she swam the first leg it counts as an individual swim and also a WR.

    • avatar

      exactly….it’s the same thing that happened in 2013..everyone was wondering how Katie Ledecky won Swimmer of the Meet when Missy Franklin won 6 gold medals and KL only 4….ONLY IND swims count…SS world records were the difference between winning her swimmer of the meet

  9. Nancy Pulham

    Sarah is a class act 🏅🏆

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      Agreed! Too bad the 50 F isn’t on the Olympic schedule. Or might she take up the 200 F again? In that case she might challenge that North American hegemony 😉

  10. Paul Poitevent

    The Peaty 50 Breast was the Swim of the Meet. I am still in amazement. Congrats to all great swimming.

  11. Donna Pim

    Loved every minute even commentary and presenters

  12. Thomas A. Small

    Congratulations Sarah and Caeleb