By U.S. Olympic Committee | Tuesday, August 8, 2017COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Standout performances during July earned Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks) and Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) Best of July honors for the Team USA Awards, the United States Olympic Committee announced today.
Dressel won seven gold medals to lead all competitors at the FINA World Championships, matching Michael Phelps’ record total from 2007. He earned three individual world titles in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while also aiding Team USA to gold medals in the 400 freestyle, 400 medley, mixed 400 medley and mixed 400 freestyle relays. He made history by becoming the first swimmer ever to win three world titles in a single day on July 29, and became the first American male since 2011 to win three individual events at the same FINA World Championships.
Ledecky won six medals – including five golds – to lead all female swimmers at the FINA World Championships, setting a women’s record with 14 gold medals in FINA World Championships competition. She earned her third straight individual world titles in the 400-meter freestyle, 800 freestyle and 1,500 freestyle, while also adding gold medals in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays, along with a silver medal in the 200 freestyle.
Dressel, Ledecky and team award winner, the U.S. water polo women’s national team, are among the qualified athletes and teams that are eligible for Best of the Year honors in 2017.