Caeleb Dressel Named FINA’s Male Swimmer of the Meet at 2017 Worlds


After an outstanding performance at the 2017 FINA World Championships, Team USA’s Caeleb Dressel has been named Male Swimmer of the Meet. In his first World Championships, Dressel won 7 gold medals. Individually, he won 3 World Championships titles: the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 fly. He was also a member of 4 champion relays.

2017 World Championships Performances: Caeleb Dressel

  • Men’s 50 free- gold medal, American Record
  • Men’s 100 free- gold medal, American Record
  • Men’s 50 fly- 4th place, American Record (semis)
  • Men’s 100 fly- gold medal
  • Men’s 400 free relay- gold medal
  • Men’s 400 medley relay- gold medal
  • Mixed 400 free relay- gold medal, World Record
  • Mixed 400 medley relay- gold medal, World Record

FINA bases their Swimmer of the Meet selection on the following points system: 1st place = 5 points, 2nd place = 3 points, 3rd place = 2 points, 4th place = 1 point, World Record = 2 additional points. Only individual swims are included when tallying these points.

All-in-all, Dressel garnered 16 points. His gold medal total (7) was more golds than any country other than the U.S. earned throughout the meet. Dressel and Michael Phelps are the only men in history to win 7 gold medals in a single World Championships meet. He also became the first man to win 3 World Championships gold medals in one night when he won the 50 free/100 fly double on day 7 and then finished off the day with gold in the mixed 400 free relay.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty was a close 2nd with 14 total points. He earned 5 points for each gold (50 breast, 100 breast) and 4 World Record points for breaking the record in the 50 breast during both prelims and semifinals. China’s 2015 Male Swimmer of the Meet Sun Yang (200 free gold, 400 free gold) shares 3rd place with the USA’s Chase Kalisz (200 IM gold, 400 IM gold), as each won 2 events.

Top Male Performers: 2017 FINA World Championships

  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 16 points
  2. Adam Peaty, GBR, 14 points
  3. (Tie 3rd) Sun Yang, CHN, 10 points
  4. (Tie 3rd) Chase Kalisz, USA, 10 points

Dressel’s time drops from before U.S. Nationals to the World Championships have been huge. Most notably, he went into Nationals with a lifetime best of 52.2 in the 100 fly. He dropped it down to a 50.87 to earn his spot at Worlds, and then obliterated his best time again by a full second with a 49.86 in the Worlds final. That came just a half hour after the 50 free, and made him the first man to ever break 50 seconds in textile.

Dressel’s Time Progressions:

Event Fastest Time Before 2017 Nationals Fastest Time at 2017 Nationals Fastest Time at Worlds
50 free 21.53(2015) 21.53 21.15
100 free 47.91 (2016) 47.97 47.17
200 free 1:48.39 (2016) 1:47.45 N/A
50 fly 23.86 (2015) 23.05 22.76
100 fly 52.22 (2016) 50.87 49.86

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Dressel changed everything

samuel huntington

all respect to Dressel, but Sjostrom really did it first

E Gamble

We don’t compare men and women in swimming or any other sport.


You could in tennis if your McEnroe 🙂

Justin Thompson

In McEnroe’s defense he’s been asked a few times how Serena would do on the men’s tour and he gives an honest opinion. Serena would say the same.


In McEnroes defense he was baited “why not just say Serena is greatest player of all time” so I do think it is fair to say because she would lose to men. It’s like Steve Kerr said Durant was best basketball player on team and Curry would agree though you could argue Steph’s game is more astounding and impressive, sometimes size and strength matter.


He didn’t. He was asked a question and he answered it.


He changed everything, but it is well known he changes in the stalls


Whats up ders?


Great performance by Dressel, although previous champions did no have mixed relays!


Relays don’t count in the point system for swimmer of the meet honors.


Even though relays don’t have an impact these splits;
Are insane

Ex quaker

And the first two are lead-off splits. Even in 2009, that consistency would have been unprecedented.

Justin Thompson

I think there’s two points here. One is yours where relays don’t factor into swimmer of the meet and the other is when compared to past performances is it fair to factor in the additional opportunities Dressel had with the mixed relays that those before him did not (i.e. comparing his 7 gold’s to Phelps).
Granted all the swims were incredible as PDVH mentions below.

miguel toral

He came close to breaking Phelps’s 100 m fly and that was only half an hour after the 50 free. Also this was after the change in swim suites of 2009 which gave Phelps. A lot of the records were 2009 or before, when they allowed the new suites.


Caeleb Dressel has been freakin’ incredible!

7 gold medals. Unbelievable!


I think a distinction should be made that Dressel won 7 golds including mixed relays which have not been included in past championships


Well wait, DYLAB, we have been recognizing Breaststroke for medals count for years. Ever been to any USA regular season swimming meets? You would agree with me that FINA should eliminate 200 Breaststroke. It’s the most painful thing to witness in swimming……………..arrrgh……….


What are you on about…200 breaststroke is a great event


My point is, you cannot like something, but it counts. Caleb was simply great and to diminish his role I ask, “what are the naysayers on?” Come on. He did his job. Caleb was clearly the swimmer of the meet for the men. We should all be proud and happy to see this class of studs coming up after Phelps and Lochte among deserved others.


Dressel was not even predicted to win even one individual gold medal.


I’d say it’s clear he was not fully tapered for nationals


Agreed you could argue Dressel had some world records because he had some textile world record don’t think you can argue Phelps got a little help from suit.

Capt America

Absolutely not…one of the hardest races to perfect in the sport….2BR as any will tell you is the race that requires the most in combined tech and thought. And frankly most us in the swim world like to watch the race strategy as it plays itself out.


Sounds like sour grapes to me.

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