Caeleb Dressel Closes College Chapter A Pace Pioneer & Poster Boy For Troy’s Truth

How the Gators celebrated the NCAA and National College Coaches Association swimmer of the year, Caeleb Dressel, in a montage reflecting a soaring college swansong

There was only one man who merited mention above all as the NCAA men’s championships came to a close in Minneapolis: Caeleb Dressel. A world junior champion who came through a time of doubt on his way to seven golds at World titles proper last year, Dressel is done with college days. He went out in historic style and pace, too, a third ‘first-ever’ devoured by the top Florida Gator in a dominant 39.90 over 100 short-course yards free, 0.1sec inside the MCAA and American records he set on a frustrating 40 flat a year back. So, 39.90 and then the closing relay. It hurt like hell, said Dressel with a smile before he noted: “There are no short cuts in the sport, so anyone looking for a short cut, you might just wanna change sports: it’s going to hurt … you gotta embrace it and rise up.” Embrace this, too: asked what this week had meant to him, did he reach for the 17.6, the 42.8, the 39.9, a relay …? No, of course not. His college had been “absolutely wonderful to me, all my teammates”, then the blade of Troy’s Truth that cut through the hype and hogwash of G.O.A.T’s and greatest and expectations greater still and handed motivation over to the next wave with a large carrot and a little stick of Troy’s Truth: “I think we came up a little short this year. We had some guys rise up big time, you know. Mark (Szaranek) and Jan (Switkowski). Mark fell a little short in some of his events, he knows that but Mark’s a fighter and he’s gonna be back long-course I know it.” … “Long-course is where the big boys comes out to play … we had a long-course focus all year [in training, mainly with the medley group, all-round fitness and skills another key part of Troy’s Truth].”

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There was only one man who merited mention above all as the NCAA men’s championships came to a close in Minneapolis: Caeleb Dressel. A world junior champion who came through a time of doubt on his way to seven golds at World titles proper last year, Dressel is done with college days. He went out in historic style and pace, too, a third ‘first-ever’ devoured by the top Florida Gator in a dominant 39.90 over 100 short-course yards free, 0.1sec inside the MCAA and American records he set on a frustrating 40 flat a year back. So, 39.90 and then the closing relay. It hurt like hell, said Dressel with a smile before he noted: “There are no short cuts in the sport, so anyone looking for a short cut, you might just wanna change sports: it’s going to hurt … you gotta embrace it and rise up.” Embrace this, too: asked what this week had meant to him, did he reach for the 17.6, the 42.8, the 39.9, a relay …? No, of course not. His college had been “absolutely wonderful to me, all my teammates”, then the blade of Troy’s Truth that cut through the hype and hogwash of G.O.A.T’s and greatest and expectations greater still and handed motivation over to the next wave with a large carrot and a little stick of Troy’s Truth: “I think we came up a little short this year. We had some guys rise up big time, you know. Mark (Szaranek) and Jan (Switkowski). Mark fell a little short in some of his events, he knows that but Mark’s a fighter and he’s gonna be back long-course I know it.” … “Long-course is where the big boys comes out to play … we had a long-course focus all year [in training, mainly with the medley group, all-round fitness and skills another key part of Troy’s Truth].”

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