Caeleb Dressel and his swim parents may have a few things to teach us about success. Our sport stands on the shoulders of swim moms and swim dads all over the world. After Caeleb’s jaw-dropping performance at the 2018 Men’s NCAA DI Championships, SwimSwam was lucky enough to capture Caeleb’s parents on camera.
Here’s a quick recap on Caeleb’s NCAA Championship performance (though I can’t imagine anyone missed it):
- 50 yard free – 17.63
- 100 yard free – 39.90
- 100 yard butterfly – 42.80
My one big takeaway was witnessing how easy-going Caeleb’s parents are–aside from being humble and humorous. At SwimSwam we’ve been fortunate to meet so many swim parents of superstars, and that’s the one common denominator. They love their kids, and they keep swimming (the stress of racing) in perspective. That matters enormously on the road to World Championships and the Olympic Games.
This summer, as a follow up to Caeleb’s NCAA performance and his 2017 World Championship seven gold medals, does anyone want to make predictions? I don’t. I’m getting sick of being wrong. Caeleb beats my predictions every time. Instead, I’ll frame it another way. I’d be happy if Caeleb improved on his Worlds Budapest times with:
- 20.89 50m free
- 46.9 100m free
- 49 low 100m fly
***And, yes, I know that’s toppling three world records from the tech-suit era, and I am fully aware Caeleb will probably swim faster than the times above.
What do you think?
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