Caeleb Dressel competes during the men's 100-meter butterfly finals at the Phillips 66 International Team Trials on April 28, 2022 in Greensboro, N.C.
No male swimmer has won three consecutive world championships in the same three events. Michael Phelps, a 23-time Olympic gold medalist, won the 100- and 200-meter butterfly in three consecutive world championships from 2007 to 2011, but never the three same individual events in three consecutive worlds.
Caeleb Dressel is the two-time defending champion in the men’s 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly. He is also the defending world champ in the 50 fly. The Orange Park, Florida, native is coming off an Olympic Games in which he won five gold medals, including the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly.
Although this is only Dressel’s third world championships, he’s already a 15-time medalist, with 13 of them being gold. He stood atop the podium six times in 2019, while also winning two silver medals.
Drama In The Women’s Breaststroke
Keep an eye on two-time Olympian Lilly King in the women’s breaststroke events.
The native of Evansville, Indiana, is the defending world champion in the 50- and 100-meter breaststroke events, and won an Olympic silver medal in the 200 breaststroke at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. If she won all three events in Budapest, she’d be the first to do so in the same stroke.
King finished runner-up to Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa in the 200 in Tokyo, and third to American teammate Lydia Jacoby and Schoenmaker in the 100. Neither Jacoby nor Schoenmaker are competing at the worlds.
Here Come The Teen Sensations
Claire Weinstein, a 15-year-old from White Plains, New York, is the youngest in an impressive wave of American teenagers on the women’s roster. She’ll compete in the 200-meter freestyle.
Joining her are a pair of 16-year-olds, Katie Grimes of Las Vegas, and Leah Hayes of Sugar Grove, Illinois. Also in the teen group are 17-year-olds Bella Sims of Henderson, Nevada, and Claire Curzan of Cary, North Carolina.
Curzan, Grimes and Sims are already Olympians, having made Team USA in 2020, where Sims won a relay silver medal. More recently, Weinstein and Sims finished 1-2 in the 200 freestyle at the TYR Pro Series Swim earlier this month in Mission Viejo, California.