Dan Dressel Passes Away
Nothing brought Dan more joy than spending time with his family. He especially relished spending time swimming with his grandchildren and sipping on a gin martini at cocktail hour with his wife; supporting their kids and grandkids in whatever activity they were involved with; as well as cheering for any activities his kids or grandkids participated in.
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Early Life and Education
Dressel made his national team debut as a freshman at Florida, winning his inaugural NCAA title during that same summer. Going into 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships in San Antonio as one of the favorites to take out 100-meter fly, Dressel delivered with an unbelievable final turn that left everyone else standing still.
While attending Clay High School, Ron trained with Bolles Sharks and broke several National High School records. Additionally, at FSPA Invitational meet he won two medals in 400-yard free and 200-yard medley relay events respectively. Later attending University of Florida he became 10-time NCAA national champion. Ron always put family first, including being an amazing husband, father and grandfather as well as enjoying travel, golfing, socializing with friends, volunteering with handicapped children as well as ticking items off of his to-do lists!
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Dan was the proud son of German immigrant baker. Known for supporting various charitable fundraising events without boasting, he epitomized what the Jesuits refer to as servant leadership – helping numerous people navigate life without expectation or judgment.
Achievement and Honors
Dressel’s achievements at this year’s World Championships in Budapest — two golds among them — cemented his place as an iconic swimmer from northeast Florida. His four medals at one tournament is an unprecedented record for an American backstroker at any championship competition.
Breaking three national records and helping his teammates to two world-record performances in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay led him to being awarded with FINA Male Swimmer of the Year honors.
Ryan Lochte won USA Swimming’s male athlete of the year award as well, becoming one of the youngest people ever to do so in one season. Furthermore, Lochte ranked third all-time for World Championship gold medals won – trailing only Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte with 21 still left to go! He still has many championship opportunities ahead.
He was known to hold strong religious convictions, enjoying spending time with family and friends as well as traveling, golfing and crossing items off his to-do list. Daniel Dressel leaves behind his wife Gwendolyn Bakken Dressel as well as two daughters Detasha Otto Applefeld and Denise Dressel as well as son Daniel Dressel who will carry on his legacy along with 13 grandchildren.
He settled in Duluth ten years ago and quickly immersed himself into the local film scene by writing scripts and programming at Zinema Cinema. An avid Chicago sports fan, he also supported his children and grandkids’ pursuits in every sport they played.
Dan was an amazing husband, father, brother and uncle whose memory will live on in our hearts forever. To honor his memory we would like to raise funds for his future care expenses and medical costs.
After his outstanding showing at the Olympic trials, Dressel is expected to lead all Americans in various events at this summer’s rescheduled Olympics in Tokyo. He could potentially compete on teams like men’s 400 free relay and mixed 400 medley relay alongside participating in his usual solo events.
Though unlikely to match Michael Phelps’ record of eight gold medals at one Olympics, seven could make Dressel one of the most accomplished and beloved American swimmers of all time.
Dressel remains committed to his family and swimming as much as possible despite a hectic schedule. He is married to Megan, a family counselor. They met while training together at Bolles School Sharks Club team; now, you can often see posts about them being together on social media!