Caeleb Dressel Among 4 Captains Named to Lead US Swimming Team for Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/06/2021, 11:27 AM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Omaha, Nebraska, USA; Caeleb Dressel celebrates after winning the men’s 50m freestyle final during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Swimming competition at CHI Health Center Omaha. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports


As the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is all set to start, various nations have finalized their swimming teams for the Olympics. Notably, the swimming events in Tokyo will be expected to be dominated by the US swimming team.

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Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky, Ryan Murphy will hope to enthrall the audience by showing their dominance in the pool. The US swimming team also announced their captains for Tokyo as they look to lead the team from the front. So who are the captains of the roster heading to Tokyo?

Backstroke specialist Hunter Armstrong made a unique way of announcing the captains with a magic trick out of the box. Jay Litherland and Lilly King aided Hunter to announce the names of the team captains for Tokyo.

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US swimming team for Tokyo Olympics 2020 announced

Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy, Allison Schmitt, and Simone Manuel will head to Tokyo by leading Team USA from the forefront. These swimmers provide leadership and experience to the group.

Likewise, this was the first time that Team USA had selected four captains to lead the team. The Rio Olympics had six captains in 2016 while five captains were selected, for London Olympics 2012.

USA’s Ryan Murphy poses with his gold medal on the podium after he won the Men’s 100m Backstroke Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 8, 2016. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Significantly, this marks the second time that Allison Schmitt is going to captain the team after 2016. Schmitt is one of the most experienced members of the squad as she won three gold medals in the London Olympics.

Likewise, she won a gold medal in Rio 2016 for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay as well. Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian were other noteworthy captains from the 2016 roster.

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Caeleb Dressel to steal the show

Meanwhile, Caeleb Dressel will lead the team this time around. The Florida-based swimmer is expected to take home seven gold medals, and look to equal Mark Spitz’s record.

Dressel is one of the fastest swimmers in the world as of right now and will look to express his dominance in the event. After winning the gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle event in Rio, Dressel extended his medal tally with an impressive performance in the 2017 World Championships.

Dressel won seven gold medals in that event while adding six gold medals at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Caeleb Dressel of the United States looks on in the first Semifinal of the Men’s 100m Freestyle on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Ryan Murphy is another experienced member of the US swimming team. Murphy is one of the best backstroke swimmers in the world by winning two gold medals at the Rio Olympics.

While Evgeny Rylov from Russia has become one of the best backstroke swimmers in recent years, Murphy will have to be at his best to win the event.

The final and the fourth captain of the roster is Simone Manuel. Manuel tied with Penny Oleksiak in an exhilarating 100-meter freestyle event in Rio 2016.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Gold medalist Simone Manuel of the United States (L) and gold medalist Penny Oleksiak of Canada celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

She further claimed two golds in the 100-meter freestyle event in the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. However, Manuel could not make it to the Tokyo Olympics 100-meter freestyle as she got diagnosed with over-training syndrome which affected her performance. But having qualified for the 50-meter freestyle Manuel hopes to win that event in Tokyo.

As they set the team captains, the US swimming team will hope to put on a good show in Tokyo. While fans expect the members to win most of the events, team USA is set to excite the audience by showcasing their talents in the pool.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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