Speedo USA, a division of PVH Corp., announced that two-time Olympic gold medalist, seven-time FINA World Championships gold medalist and competitive swimming phenom Caeleb Dressel has joined Team Speedo USA, marking his first endorsement since becoming a professional swimmer earlier this year.
Dressel bolsters Speedo’s position as swimming’s most decorated brand, with more Olympic medals won in Speedo than all other swim brands combined. He joins an elite Team Speedo USA competitive roster that includes standouts Nathan Adrian, Missy Franklin, Ryan Murphy, Cullen Jones, Kevin Cordes, Katie Meili, Conor Dwyer, Hali Flickinger and Becca Meyers, who have won a combined 35 Olympic and Paralympic medals, and 43 FINA World Championships medals. Dressel will compete in the Speedo Fastskin line of competitive suits, goggles and caps and train in the Speedo Turnz line of practice suiting.
“Caeleb is a star, plain and simple,” said Speedo USA President John Graham. “Our goal with Team Speedo is to always build a complete, well-rounded roster of world-class swimmers who will embody Speedo in and out of the pool and connect with our fans across the country. The addition of Caeleb is certain to be part of that tradition, and we cannot wait to see how he grows and shines in our brand in the years to come.”
Dressel, 21, who won gold in two events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Men’s 4×100-meter medley relay and 4×100-meter freestyle relay), reached superstar status during the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. There, he became the first-ever swimmer to win three gold medals in a day and only the second swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single meet, earning him the title of “Male Swimmer of the Meet.”
As a senior on the University of Florida’s Men’s Swimming & Diving team, Dressel was named 2017-18 SEC Male Athlete of the Year. He set two stunning records during the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, becoming the first-ever swimmer to break the 40-second mark in the 100-yard freestyle (39.90) and go sub-18 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle (17.63). He currently holds seven American long- and short-course records: The Men’s 50-meter freestyle (LC), 100-meter freestyle (LC), 50-meter butterfly (LC), 50-yard freestyle (SC), 100-yard freestyle (SC), 100-yard butterfly (SC) and 200-yard individual medley (SC).
“Signing with Speedo USA has been a surreal first step in my professional career,” said Dressel. “The support of Speedo USA and my new Team Speedo USA teammates is going to be incredibly important as I train to reach my goals. I look forward to joining the ranks of the incredible athletes who have worn Speedo when it’s mattered most.”
Dressel will be featured prominently in Speedo USA’s year-round national marketing, media and digital campaigns, as well as at point-of-sale with major retail partners in the U.S. Outside of the pool, he and Team Speedo USA’s athletes serve as ambassadors for Speedo USA’s Speedo Fit aquatic fitness program, swim and sun safety initiatives and as inspirational figures for swimmers of all ages.
Dressel will continue to train with his collegiate Coach Gregg Troy, now at the helm of Gator Swim Club in Gainesville, FL