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Who is Caeleb Dressel’s wife? Meet Olympic swimmer's childhood sweetheart Meghan Haila

Bruno Cooke July 29, 2021
Who is Caeleb Dressel’s wife? Meet Olympic swimmer's childhood sweetheart Meghan Haila

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“The next Michael Phelps”, aka “the next American Aquaman”, aka American freestyle and butterfly swimmer Caeleb Dressel, is a multiple record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist, but he’s not a fan of the spotlight. He married his high school sweetheart, Meghan Haila, on Valentine’s Day Eve – so, who is Caeleb Dressel’s wife of five months, Meghan Haila Dressel?

Today, 29 July, it was announced that Dressel set another Olympic record on his way to winning gold in the men’s 100m freestyle event. He won his second Tokyo 2020 gold with a time of 47.02 seconds.

As the win was announced, Dressel and his wife Meghan shared an emotional moment together, celebrating the victory that, according to Dressel hadn’t quite “set in yet” after a “difficult year”.

When did Caeleb Dressel meet wife Meghan?

Meghan Haila and Caeleb Dressel met while at high school. They both swam for the Bolles School Sharks club team, in Jacksonville, and started dating in 2013.

Then, in 2014, they sent in separate directions – though both roughly in the same direction. She attended Florida State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences.

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Meanwhile, Caeleb went to the University of Florida, 150 miles away. For a season, in 2015, Meghan swam with Caeleb’s sister Kaitlyn. She would later transfer to the University of Florida for a Master of Arts in Education, Marriage and Family Counselling. 

Besides now being a specialist in the fields of education, marriage and mental health counselling, Meghan Haila – as she is known on LinkedIn – worked for nearly three years as an adult and child swim instructor at the Tallahassee Aquatic Cub.

She has a substantial social media following – over 15,000 followers on Instagram. Caeleb, meanwhile, has 345,000.

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When and where was their wedding?

Caeleb and Meghan Dressel’s picturesque wedding took place the day before Valentine’s Day, 2021. The venue was Bowing Oaks Plantation in Jacksonville, Florida.

The five-acre site in Bayard features a 3,400 square foot ballroom and boasts an “unparalleled sense of rustic elegance”. Plantations are becoming increasingly popular venues of choice for weddings, although the trend is nothing new, writes Good.

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Caeleb had proposed to Meghan in November 2019 – presumably covid-19 elongated their period of engagement – on Shands Pier, in their hometown of Green Cove Springs.

All of Caeleb Dressel’s 2020 Olympic events

Caeleb has already taken the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by storm. FiveThirtyEight writer Josh Planos reckons he might be even better than Michael Phelps. But there’s still more to come in the 2021 Games.

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Between 27 and 29 July he competed and ultimately won gold in the 100m Freestyle event. During the same period, he was in 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Heats), and 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Finals).

This Thursday and Friday and Saturday will see Caeleb swim in several other events, including 100 Butterfly, a Mixed Medley Relay, a 50 Freestyle and the 4×100 Medley Relay.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.