Caeleb Dressel’s pre-Olympic year just keeps getting better. In August, Dressel won a record eight medals at the long course world championships, setting him up for a big showing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. On Nov. 24 he received two Golden Goggle Awards for that performance, and by Nov. 30 he was engaged.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist proposed to longtime girlfriend Meghan Haila, who on Friday posted a series of photos to Instagram of him on one knee and presenting her with a ring with the simple caption “Forever.”
His sister, Kaitlyn Dressel, took the photos, including one of the couple kissing and Haila showing off her newly adorned ring finger, and wrote, “Hands down - this was my FAVORITE surprise proposal TO DATE. My little brother & one of my best friends get to spend the rest of their lives together!!! God is so pure in his blessings to us. So thankful I’m a photographer when moments like this happen.”
He popped the question at Shands Pier in their hometown of Green Cove Springs, Florida, with a ring designed by Jack Sutton Jewelry. The jeweler also posted a photo of the proposal congratulating the happy couple.
Earlier in the week, Dressel was honored with USA Swimming’s awards for Male Race of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Golden Goggle Awards. He earned six gold and two silver medals at the 2019 long course world championships this year, becoming the first swimmer in history to win eight medals at the event. The performances included breaking Michael Phelps’ 10-year-old world record in the 100-meter butterfly. He won two gold medals in Rio in 2016, in the 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley.
His bride-to-be is no stranger to the pool, either. They started dating as teens while swimming with the Bolles School Sharks. She went on to win two state championships in the 100-meter breaststroke and swim for Florida State University, according to SwimSwam.