Following a brief mental health-motivated hiatus from the sport, Caeleb Dressel, the best U.S.-born swimmer since Michael Phelps, is hitting the lanes again this summer.

Here are some things to know before Dressel makes his return to the Olympic stage.

Athlete bio

How old is Caeleb Dressel?

Caeleb Dressel is 27 years old. He will turn 28 just five days after the Paris Olympics end.

Where is Caeleb Dressel from?

Caeleb Dressel was born in Orange Park, Florida, to parents Michael and Christina Dressel. He grew up in Green Cove Springs.

Where does Caeleb Dressel live now?

Caeleb Dressel lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Does Caeleb Dressel have siblings?

Caeleb Dressel has three siblings: Tyler, Kaitlyn and Sherridon, all of whom swam competitively. Kaitlyn and Sherridon swam at Florida State University.

How tall is Caeleb Dressel? 

Caeleb Dressel is 6-foot-1.

How high can Caeleb Dressel jump?

Caeleb Dressel can jump 109 centimeters — or almost 43 inches — into the air.

Where did Caeleb Dressel go to high school?

Caeleb Dressel attended Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL.

Where did Caeleb Dressel go to college?

Caeleb Dressel swam at the University of Florida.

How did Caeleb Dressel meet his wife?

Caeleb Dressel and his wife, Meghan, met through swimming while they were in high school.

Does Caeleb Dressel have a child?

Caeleb Dressel’s son, August Wilder Dressel, was born in February 2024. 

What are some fun facts about Caeleb Dressel?

  • Caeleb Dressel grew up without cable; instead, his parents emphasized the importance of spending time outside
  • While he was growing up, Caeleb Dressel swam in the same league as fellow American Olympian Ryan Murphy and spent many summers breaking the league records Murphy had set a year prior
  • The day after the NCAA Championships during his senior year of college, Caeleb Dressel got a black lab named Jane, who he says he takes everywhere —  even grocery stores and restaurants