Caeleb Dressel has been named the Athlete of the Year at the United States Aquatics Sports (USAS) convention, which happened over the weekend in St. Louis. USAS is the recognized U.S. member of FINA for all FINA-sanctioned aquatic sports (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, and water polo).
USA Swimming’s House of Delegates voted on this award, naming Dressel. Regan Smith, who broke World Records in both the 100 and 200 back at Worlds, won the Performance of the Year award at this convention for her 200 back gold medal swim.
Dressel is coming off of a very successful summer of 2019, where he claimed World Champs gold in four individual events and four additional relay medals (two gold, two silver). He also broke Michael Phelps’ world record in the 100 fly, broke the meet record in the 50 free, and set American records in the 50 free, 100 free, and 50 fly. This was Dressel’s second-ever award win in this category.
Athlete of the Year awards this decade:
2010: Ryan Lochte
2011: Ryan Lochte
2012: Missy Franklin
2013: Katie Ledecky
2014: Katie Ledecky
2015: Katie Ledecky
2016: Katie Ledecky
2017: Caeleb Dressel
2018: Katie Ledecky
2019: Caeleb Dressel
Michael Phelps won the USA Swimming Award, the first recently retired swimmer to win the award since Mary T. Meagher did so in 1989.