Florida Gators head coach Gregg Troy got a chance to preview his men’s and women’s teams in his season-opening press conference, especially noting the youth of his teams along with their talented freshman classes.
A couple of the freshman Troy pointed out were Theresa Michalak and Caeleb Dressel. Michalak is a German Olympian who joined the team last winter. Troy said she won’t officially be eligible until second semester, but should be around for Florida’s post-season meets. Dressel, meanwhile, was one of the top prospects in the nation, a Florida native who surprised many fans by choosing to stay in-state rather than bolt to a tradition sprint freestyle powerhouse.
One of Dressel’s traits that Troy emphasized was his versatility. “He’s more than just a 50 freestyler,” Troy said. “He can swim a lot of different things real well.”
That seems like a sign that we’ll see Dressel trying out some various events this year, at least during the regular season. The 100 fly and 200 frees seem like good bets, as Dressel has already had plenty of success in those races in his career.
Troy also talks about the big steps up taken by sophomore Mitch D’Arrigo this offseason, plus the tough senior class the Gators graduated on the women’s side. You can view the full interview courtesy of GatorVision by following this link.