Caeleb Dressel’s $110K Leads Individual Prize Money-Winners At 2019 Worlds

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – SWIMMING

  • All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
  • Meet site
  • Results

Per our calculations, Caeleb Dressel leads all individual money-earners with $110,000 in prize money from the 2019 World Championships.

We calculated our totals based on FINA’s listed prize money for the event.We’ll do a quick refresher below, but the full system is listed out here.

2019 World Champs Prize Money

  • Top 8 finishers in each event earn prize money:
    • 1st: $20,000
    • 2nd: $15,000
    • 3rd: $10,000
    • 4th: $6,000
    • 5th: $5,000
    • 6th: $4,000
    • 7th: $3,000
    • 8th: $2,000
  • World records: $30,000 each

A few notes about the list below:

  • We calculated these out manually, and though we tried to account for all ties, there may be mistakes somewhere in the data. If you see something that looks off, let us know.
  • When ties occurred, we followed the typical rules: if swimmers tied for second, we add up the prize money for 2nd and 3rd and split the total between the two tied swimmers.
  • We didn’t include relay prizes, as it’s hard to judge how federations will split the money between finals swimmers, prelims-only swimmers or others.
  • We also didn’t include relay world record bonuses. Only individual events are included in our tally.
  • As always, this list only tracks money earned, not necessarily money accepted. Amateur athletes have restrictions on how much prize money they can accept.

2019 World Championships Prize Money List – Pool Swimming

Note: pool athletes who also competed in open water swimming would have additional prize money.

Rank Name Nation Total Prize Money Total Prize Events World Record Bonuses
1 Dressel, Caeleb United States $110,000 4 $30,000
2 Smith, Regan United States $80,000 1 $60,000
3 Sjoestroem, Sarah Sweden $70,000 5
3 Peaty, Adam Great Britain $70,000 2 $30,000
5 Milak, Kristof Hungary $56,000 2 $30,000
6 Seto, Daiya Japan $55,000 3
7 Chupkov, Anton Russian Federation $52,000 2 $30,000
8 Rylov, Evgeny Russian Federation $50,000 3
9 Efimova, Yuliya Russian Federation $45,000 3
9 Titmus, Ariarne Australia $45,000 3
9 Wilson, Matthew Australia $45,000 1 $30,000
12 Sun, Yang China $44,000 3
13 Hosszu, Katinka Hungary $42,000 3
14 King, Lilly United States $40,000 2
14 Manuel, Simone United States $40,000 2
16 Ye, Shiwen China $36,000 3
17 Ledecky, Katie United States $35,000 2
17 Quadarella, Simona Italy $35,000 2
19 Masse, Kylie Canada $30,000 2
19 Paltrinieri, Gregorio Italy $30,000 2
19 Smoliga, Olivia United States $30,000 2
22 Murphy, Ryan United States $27,000 3
23 Pickrem, Sydney Canada $26,000 3
24 Mckeown, Kaylee Australia $25,500 3
25 Campbell, Cate Australia $25,000 2
26 Kapas, Boglarka Hungary $24,000 2
26 Xu, Jiayu China $24,000 2
28 Kohler, Sarah Germany $21,000 2
29 Christiansen, Henrik Norway $20,000 2
29 Le Clos, Chad South Africa $20,000 2
29 Macneil, Margaret Canada $20,000 1
29 Pellegrini, Federica Italy $20,000 1
29 Waddell, Zane South Africa $20,000 1
29 Wellbrock, Florian Germany $20,000 1
35 Wang, Jianjiahe China $19,000 3
35 Atherton, Minna Australia $19,000 2
35 Kromowidjojo, Ranomi Netherlands $19,000 2
35 Schoenmaker, Tatjana South Africa $19,000 2
39 Andrew, Michael United States $18,000 4
40 Romanchuk, Mykhailo Ukraine $17,000 2
41 Ruck, Taylor Canada $16,000 3
41 Aubry, David France $16,000 2
41 Mckeon, Emma Australia $16,000 2
44 Carraro, Martina Italy $15,000 2
44 Detti, Gabriele Italy $15,000 2
44 Smith, Leah United States $15,000 2
44 Chalmers, Kyle Australia $15,000 1
44 Desplanches, Jeremy Switzerland $15,000 1
44 Flickinger, Hali United States $15,000 1
44 Horton, Mack Australia $15,000 1
44 Kostin, Oleg Russian Federation $15,000 1
44 Lima, Felipe Brazil $15,000 1
44 Litherland, Jay United States $15,000 1
44 Matsumoto, Katsuhiro Japan $15,000 1
44 Medeiros, Etiene Brazil $15,000 1
44 Minakov, Andrei Russian Federation $15,000 1
44 Pilato, Benedetta Italy $15,000 1
44 Wilby, James Great Britain $15,000 1
59 Yan, Zibei China $14,000 2
60 Larkin, Mitchell Australia $13,000 2
60 Scott, Duncan Great Britain $13,000 2
62 Fratus, Bruno Brazil $12,500 1
62 Gkolomeev, Kristian Greece $12,500 1
64 Vaskina, Daria Russian Federation $12,000 2
65 Prigoda, Kirill Russian Federation $11,000 2
66 Dahlia, Kelsi United States $10,000 2
66 Kesely, Ajna Hungary $10,000 2
66 Mcloughlin, Jack Australia $10,000 2
66 Clareburt, Lewis New Zealand $10,000 1
66 Drabot, Katie United States $10,000 1
66 Gomes Junior, Joao Brazil $10,000 1
66 Greenbank, Luke Great Britain $10,000 1
66 Grinev, Vladislav Russian Federation $10,000 1
66 Kalisz, Chase United States $10,000 1
66 Kolesnikov, Kliment Russian Federation $10,000 1
66 Ohashi, Yui Japan $10,000 1
66 Osman, Farida Egypt $10,000 1
66 Santos, Nicholas Brazil $10,000 1
66 Watanabe, Ippei Japan $10,000 1
80 Irie, Ryosuke Japan $9,000 2
81 Oleksiak, Penny Canada $8,000 2
81 Proud, Benjamin Great Britain $8,000 2
81 Renshaw, Molly Great Britain $8,000 2
81 Wilson, Andrew United States $8,000 2
81 Malyutin, Martin Russian Federation $8,000 1
86 Baker, Kathleen United States $7,500 2
87 Throssell, Brianna Australia $7,000 2
87 Wattel, Marie France $7,000 2
89 Balandin, Dmitriy Kazakhstan $6,000 2
89 Frolov, Sergii Ukraine $6,000 2
89 Melverton, Kiah Australia $6,000 2
89 Aoki, Reona Japan $6,000 1
89 Atkinson, Alia Jamaica $6,000 1
89 Blume, Pernille Denmark $6,000 1
89 Burdisso, Federico Italy $6,000 1
89 Di Liddo, Elena Italy $6,000 1
89 Haughey, Siobhan Hong Kong, China $6,000 1
89 Heintz, Philip Germany $6,000 1
89 Hentke, Franziska Germany $6,000 1
89 Kawecki, Radoslaw Poland $6,000 1
89 Koseki, Yasuhiro Japan $6,000 1
89 Morozov, Vladimir Russian Federation $6,000 1
89 Panziera, Margherita Italy $6,000 1
89 Pieroni, Blake United States $6,000 1
89 Pons, Joanllu Spain $6,000 1
89 Rapsys, Danas Lithuania $6,000 1
89 Stubblety-cook, Zac Australia $6,000 1
89 Twichell, Ashley United States $6,000 1
89 Margalis, Melanie United States $6,000 1
110 Davies, Georgia Great Britain $5,500 1
111 Glinta, Robert Romania $5,000 2
111 Bernek, Peter Hungary $5,000 1
111 Chierighini, Marcelo Brazil $5,000 1
111 De Tullio, Marco Italy $5,000 1
111 Gough, Maddy Australia $5,000 1
111 Grevers, Matt United States $5,000 1
111 Kameneva, Mariia Russian Federation $5,000 1
111 Kesyl, Denys Ukraine $5,000 1
111 Koch, Marco Germany $5,000 1
111 Megli, Filippo Italy $5,000 1
111 Metella, Mehdy France $5,000 1
111 Overholt, Emily Canada $5,000 1
111 Shymanovich, Ilya Belarus $5,000 1
111 Szabo, Szebasztian Hungary $5,000 1
111 Thomas, Alys Great Britain $5,000 1
111 Yang, Junxuan China $5,000 1
111 Yu, Jingyao China $5,000 1
111 Omoto, Rika Japan $5,000 1
129 Belmonte, Mireia Spain $4,000 2
129 Acerenza, Domenico Italy $4,000 1
129 Govorov, Andrii Ukraine $4,000 1
129 Hansen, Jessica Australia $4,000 1
129 Harting, Zach United States $4,000 1
129 Heemskerk, Femke Netherlands $4,000 1
129 Lewis, Clyde Australia $4,000 1
129 Mchugh, Ally United States $4,000 1
129 Nemeth, Nandor Hungary $4,000 1
129 Pebley, Jacob United States $4,000 1
129 Shemberev, Maksym Azerbaijan $4,000 1
129 Szilagyi, Liliana Hungary $4,000 1
129 Temple, Matthew Australia $4,000 1
129 Wang, Shun China $4,000 1
129 Wog, Kelsey Lauren Canada $4,000 1
129 Kim, Seoyeong Republic of Korea $4,000 1
145 Sakai, Natsumi Japan $3,500 1
146 Bonnet, Charlotte France $3,000 1
146 Burian, Katalin Hungary $3,000 1
146 Chimrova, Svetlana Russian Federation $3,000 1
146 Comerford, Mallory United States $3,000 1
146 De Deus, Leonardo Brazil $3,000 1
146 Egorova, Anna Russian Federation $3,000 1
146 Elendt, Anna Germany $3,000 1
146 Guido, Guilherme Brazil $3,000 1
146 Guy, James Great Britain $3,000 1
146 Hansson, Louise Sweden $3,000 1
146 Hopkin, Anna Great Britain $3,000 1
146 Jakabos, Zsuzsanna Hungary $3,000 1
146 Ji, Xinjie China $3,000 1
146 Juraszek, Pawe Poland $3,000 1
146 Kozma, Dominik Hungary $3,000 1
146 Lecluyse, Fanny Belgium $3,000 1
146 Litchfield, Max Great Britain $3,000 1
146 Mignon, Clement France $3,000 1
146 Ottesen, Jeanette Denmark $3,000 1
146 Pilhatsch, Caroline Austria $3,000 1
146 Telegdy, Adam Hungary $3,000 1
146 O’Connor, Siobhan Great Britain $3,000 1
168 Anderson, Freya Great Britain $2,000 1
168 Andrusenko, Veronika Russian Federation $2,000 1
168 Campbell, Bronte Australia $2,000 1
168 Castiglioni, Arianna Italy $2,000 1
168 Christou, Apostolos Greece $2,000 1
168 Corbett, Kaylene South Africa $2,000 1
168 Correia, Breno Brazil $2,000 1
168 Devine, Abrahm United States $2,000 1
168 Grothe, Zane United States $2,000 1
168 Hulkko, Ida Finland $2,000 1
168 Kenderesi, Tamas Hungary $2,000 1
168 Knipping, Arjan Netherlands $2,000 1
168 Kusch, Marius Germany $2,000 1
168 Lesaffre, Fantine France $2,000 1
168 Norgaard, Alexander Denmark $2,000 1
168 Persson, Erik Sweden $2,000 1
168 Shioura, Shinri Japan $2,000 1
168 Shirai, Rio Japan $2,000 1
168 Stephens, Laura Great Britain $2,000 1
168 Thormeyer, Markus Canada $2,000 1
168 Toussaint, Kira Netherlands $2,000 1
168 Zhilkin, Andrey Russian Federation $2,000 1

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Big W

Regan Smith literally swam 1 individual event and made more than everyone except Caeleb Dressel. That’s crazy

Record Board

But how much will she get to keep due to NCAA compliance?

Philip Johnson

None?

coach

I believe she can keep money that can be documented as training expenses, although when you add her Pro Series prize money, national team stipend, etc., I don’t think there is too much room to add more money labeled as “training expenses.”

KeithM

Can a new car be a training expense? Cmon she needs to get to practice!

Superfan

A Porsche!

Spectatorn

yes, a Porsche to match her speed!

Dcswim

I think all of it because it comes from an international governing body and not a company who could sponsor her

Justin Wright

It gets sort of complicated. Operation Gold allows athletes to keep certain performance bonuses eg. prize money from Olympics, Worlds, etc. without losing NCAA eligibility, however, I do not believe world record bonuses are included in this.

Ervin

Didn’t they change the rules so she can keep prize money offered by Fina or whatever federation an athlete is apart of? I thought i remembered Joe Schooling getting big bucks from Singapore while he was still swimming NCAA

The rules allow you to keep prize money from your national Olympic committee. So Operation Gold money she can keep.

Philip Johnson

This is just one meet too. If she were out on the circuit, with some sponsorships, she’d be making bank. 80k would pay for a couple of years a Stanford?

sunny cali

i think if you are in US national A, there is some stipend money to distribute to pay their tuition . on the top of that partial or much more from school scholarship. Medal money, ( joseph school case in olympic ) i think, you can collect that as long not on going sponsorship.

Sparkle

$80k would only cover a year at Stanford…

Lpman

No, 1.1 years

Philip Johnson

Aw okay, my school it was around 30k for the full four years so I’m totally unaware.

Justin Wright

More thought than you would think must go into the decision for even the best stars going pro. Prize money gets severely taxed, so it’s considerably less than 80k. While her earnings (current & assumed future) almost certainly could pay for Stanford, swimming guarantees she gets into Stanford while just having money does not. Additionally, there is great intrinsic value in being part of a college team, many would argue money could never buy this. Adding in scholarships, she can still make a very considerable amount while in college. As always, our opinion on what here decision should be doesn’t matter in the slightest. That being said, she has three main options. Go pro tomorrow: immediately starts cashing huge checks.… Read more »

Steve Nolan

It’d be best if she didn’t have to choose and it sucks that we make athletes do that.

Justin Wright

What a wonderful world it would be if the NCAA would loosen its mighty grip

Here Comes Lezak

Great points, Justin. It’s crazy there can’t be some sort of rule where the money gets put in a trust and she can claim it once she decides to turn pro. Like you said, she will be fine either way. Much like other have pointed out- it shouldn’t be a choice she has to make. That’s income that’s well earned, and while schools shouldn’t have to pay athletes (probably would be the death to our sport at a lot of schools), they should be able to claim there own prize money even if it’s down the line.

JimSwim22

$80,000 will NOT pay for a couple of years at Stanford.

Nswim

Well it’s goid for USA swimming because they’ll keep what she’s not allowed to

Hot take

Regan Smith should go pro, we saw what college did to Missy Franklin

Ol’ Longhorn

Not to mention Dressel. Oh, wait…

Sean S

Dressel was a very good junior swimmer before starting college, and a little burnt out from swimming. Smith is one of the 5 best female swimmers in the world at worst. Not really a comparison.

Ol' Longhorn

True. To my knowledge, Dressel has not been one of the 5 best female swimmers in the world.

Hot take

The trajectory of female swimming is much different than male swimming, rarely have we seen an age group talent benefit greatly from college on the women’s side

Justin Thompson

Yes, ol Longhorn knows Dressel is the man.💪

Eagleswim

I think Missy would make the same choice again. Not everything is about money

CraigH

And we saw what going pro did to Dagny Knutson…

Wondering

1:39.10 in college, I do recall

Heyitsme

The money should go to their parents tbh then they can get it from them

Dcswim

This comment was written by the parents of a 90s child actor

Heyitsme

Bruh nope

Jake S

Okay but like if the parents had good intentions and would Keep it safe until she was out of college, and avoid the whole NCAA earning money issue it’s not that crazy of an idea

Justin Thompson

Or they should do away with that ridiculous rule and let them get paid.

Wondering

Thank you, Mr. And Mrs. Lohan….

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