Who is Caeleb Dressel's wife? Meghan Haila met 'goofball' husband in high school
Olympics swimmer Caeleb Dressel is no stranger to making history. From becoming the youngest swimmer to break the 20-second barrier in the 200-yard free relay in 2012 to winning two golds at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Dressel's legacy has already been written in stone at the young age of 24. But it's not just athletic events where Dressel is scoring big. The young athlete nabbed a major win in his personal life too when he tied the knot with his high school sweetheart five months ago.
Dressel has been dubbed as America's sprint specialist. The Florida native is a multiple-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as the current world record holder in the butterfly and 100-meter individual medley categories.
After his record-setting 2019 display, Dressel set a world record again in the 50-meter freestyle at the ISL Grand Finale by beating the previous record-holder Florent Manaudou, who he was swimming right next to. Dressel's streamline, his pull pattern, and extra powerful dolphin kicks are talked about frequently by his fans. But his number one fan from the time before Dressel became a household name was definitely his beloved wife, Meghan Haila Dressel.
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Who is Caeleb Dressel's wife?
Dressel and Meghan met in high school through their common love and interest in swimming. While the Olympian went on to pursue the interest as a profession, Meghan developed a knack for family counseling and works in the same field currently. The couple initially began dating in 2013 and got engaged six years later, in November of 2019. They bought a house in 2020, and just a year later, got married under quarantine regulations on February 13, 2021.
Meghan, a University of Florida graduate, has Masters and Specialist degrees, along with her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Services and Psychology degree from Florida State University. While pursuing her double major, Meghan continued swimming for the Seminoles. Her career currently focuses on marriage and family counseling services, reveals her Linkedin profile, adding that she also helps "with the additional coursework for Mental Health Counseling and Play Therapy. I am an enthusiastic learner, adaptable, and creative thinker who is driven by a passion for helping children and their families find empowerment, acceptance, and genuine connection that paves the way for positive life changes.”
How did Dressel and Meghan meet?
"Meghan and I swam at Bolles together, in the late-night group because we didn’t go to school there," Dressel once told FINA about her childhood sweetheart. "She mainly did breaststroke but she stopped competing her sophomore year [at Florida State University in Tallahassee], to pursue her dream of becoming a child-family counselor.” Despite dating since 2013, it was only after the couple bought their first house together that they finally started living in the same city, Dressel shared with the outlet.
Meghan too has been candid about sharing a life with an Olympian, given their hectic and contrasting schedules. In an interview with The Odyssey, Meghan shared how it's not always easy, saying: "Both of us just make time for each other whenever we can and we’ve made it work for two years now being across state," Meghan said. "I think because we’ve had to deal with distance, it’s made us stronger as a couple.”
That said, none of the recently acquired fame and worldwide acclaim has changed the Dressel she knew as a child. "To me, he is just Caeleb — the same guy I grew up swimming with and the same goofball that runs around with a chicken hat on," Meghan gushed in the interview. "He is just the same Caeleb to me and it is weird seeing him on TV and different news posts about him on social media and stuff."