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Florida senior swimmer Caeleb Dressel was named Southeastern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, the league announced Friday.
“It is an honor to be nominated for, let alone win, such a prestigious award,” Dressel said in a UF news release. “I am grateful to the athletic directors for selecting me to be in the company of all the other outstanding student-athletes in the conference. It has been a privilege to be a part of Gator Nation and the SEC.”
Dressel, a recent graduate, and the female winner, South Carolina women’s basketball athlete A’ja Wilson, were selected by a vote of the league’s athletics directors.
Dressel is the first UF male recipient since Tim Tebow won his second honor in 2009. The Gators had three female athletes win the honor in consecutive years, Bridget Sloan (2016), Lauren Haeger (2015) and Hannah Rogers (2014).
“Congratulations to Caeleb on another fantastic year,” UF men’s swimming head coach Anthony Nesty said. “Caeleb is a phenomenal athlete. He has been key in our continued SEC/NCAA championship runs. He is a tremendous role model for the sport and has set the standard for a student-athlete. He is an outstanding ambassador of the University of Florida. This is a great honor and he is well deserving of it.”
Dressel’s Senior Year:
It was another stellar season for the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Dressel became a 10-time NCAA Champion, the most titles by a male swimmer.
Here are highlights from his final collegiate season:
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