Clay High School, where Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel went before making the jump to the University of Florida, posted a video to Facebook with Dressel’s homecoming speech.
Dressel talks about how happy he was when he finished 2nd in the 100 free in Omaha and made the U.S. team for Rio, and walks through his 4×100 free relay swim and his overall experience at the Rio Games. He recalls Michael Phelps telling him, on the podium after the relay, to “slow down, take a minute, and just take this all in.”
As the lead-off leg to the 4×100 free relay, Dressel posted a 48.10, the 2nd-fastest lead-off leg of the field. Along with Phelps, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian, Dressel would help the Americans win the gold medal in the final on the 2nd night of competition. Dressel won another gold as the prelims anchor for the USA 4×100 medley relay.
Individually, Dressel made the final of the 100 free, where he finished 6th overall (48.02).
With the Olympics over, Dressel will head back to the University of Florida, where he will begin his junior season with the Gators. The defending NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 free will try to repeat those national titles and lower his SCY American records in his third season in Gainesville.