Caeleb Dressel & Sarah Sjostrom Named FINA Swimmers of the World Championships


For the 2nd consecutive edition, American swimmer Caeleb Dressel and Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom were named the Swimmers of the Meet at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships. Both swimmers also earned the honor in 2017.

Dressel came away from the meet with 6 gold medals and 2 silver medals, coming off a 7 gold medal performance in Budapest two years ago. Of those medals, all 4 of his individual events (50 fly, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free) ended in gold. That, combined with individual a World Records in the 100 fly, gives Dressel 22 points.

Meanwhile, Sjostrom won 5 total medals: 1 gold in the 50 fly, silvers in both the 50 free and 100 fly, and bronzes in both the 100 free and 200 free. This brought her up to a tie with Missy Franklin for the most medals in history at the World Championships, and matched Michael Phelps as the most individual medals at a single World Championships. While 2 swimmers (Simone Manuel of the USA and Emma McKeon of Australia) did win more gold medals and total medals, Sjostrom’s were all individual, and individual medals are all that FINA counts for its individual awards.

The FINA Individual Trophy Scoring System:

  • First Place 5 points
  • Second Place 3 points
  • Third Place 2 points
  • Fourth Place 1 point
  • Individual World Record 2 points for each record broken

Regan Smith, the only female to set an individual World Record at the meet, wound up in 7th place, even with only 1 individual event to her name. She won gold in the 200 back final and set a World Record in the 200 back individual semi-final, and broke a 2nd World Record, in the 100 back, leading off the American women’s medley relay. That earned her 9 points.

Men’s Rankings – Top 5

  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA – 22 points
  2. Daiya Seto, Japan – 13 points
  3. Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 12 points
  4. Evgeny Rylov, Russia – 11 points
  5. Sun Yang, China – 10 points

Full Men’s Rankings

Women’s Rankings – Top 6 (including ties)

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 15 points
  2. (TIE) – Yulia Efimova, Russia/Lilly King, USA/Simone Manuel, USA/Ariarne Titmus, Australia/Katinka Hosszu, Hungary – 10 points

Full Women’s Rankings



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Regan Smiths 100 back WR surely was included? Was such an amazing lead-off!!


Yes, she is credited with 9 points: 5 for her 200 back win and then 2 points for each of her world records.


Really thought Seto and Hosszu would’ve won it, considering they’re the “best overall swimmers on the planet” for winning the 4IM according to Rowdy


Get over it with the rowdy hate honestly. Does he say silly stuff? For sure. Even some stuff that’s factually inaccurate. But his knowledge of the sport is still better than the vast majority of potential commentators, and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to every race is enough to draw in people who aren’t all about swimming like us.


I agree he is a great commentator. I do not understand the hate.


Excitement level = 10.
Knowledge of current swimmers = 4.
Understanding of technique = 5.

Thus, irritating to swimmers.

beach bum j

Snarky….How many Olympics did you qualify for? How many Olympic gold medals did you receive? Until you have more of those then Rowdy then you should keep quiet.

Steve Nolan



I guess dan hicks can’t commentate on swimming any more 🙁


God I hate that argument. It’s like saying ‘unless you have been the President, you can’t criticise him/her’, ‘unless you’ve murdered someone your opinion on murder means nothing’…


“Cate Campbell is the heavy favorite in the 100, along with Sarah Sjostrom”….

m d e

This was true. Perhaps it wouldn’t be now Simone has dropped a 52.04, but prior to the event that 100% was the truth


I have one more Olympic medal that Rowdy… And four more than you do.


Snarky’s comments on Regan Smiths relay prospects 0/10


“22 years of college”

And seemed like he had never watched gregorio paltrinieri swim…


I think that at this point some of it isn’t as much hate so much as it is memes, but I could be wrong. And I think that everyone will admit after pan pacs last year that it could be far far worse.




Regan Smith was my swimmer of the meet.
First time I’ve seen her swim and I’m blown away


First time?! Where have you been


You have to keep in mind it’s really tough to follow the sport of swimming outside the US. Swimswam is our only source of information. No news or televised races at all.

Philip Johnson

The hardcore swimming fans have been watching her for multiple years.


Not everyone is “hardcore” swimming fans


I don’t think anyone was alluding to that.


They don’t get NBC Universal broadcasts in Antarctica?

Philip Johnson

Two individual world records ftw.

Knows Nothing

She also has st like a WR in the 200 YARD back?

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