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Bolles Swimming: All Eyes on the Olympics

Olympic gold medalists Ryan Murphy ’13 and former Bolles Shark Caeleb Dressel both punched tickets to their third Olympic Games during the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, held June 15-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Murphy became the first swimmer to win the men’s 100 back and 200-meter backstroke at three straight U.S. Trials. He is expected to swim both backstroke races and the men’s medley relay for Team USA in the Paris Olympics this summer. USA Swimming also has the option of selecting him for the Aug. 2-3 mixed medley relay, which includes two men and two women. The Olympian won three gold medals in 2016 in Rio and a gold, silver and bronze in the 2020 Games, held in 2021 in Tokyo.

Dressel won the men’s 50 free and 100 fly and touched third in the men’s 100 free. Counting the relays, he could swim as many as five events in Paris — just one shy of the program he had three years ago. Dressel won gold at the 2016 Olympics as part of the 400 free and 400 medley relays. He won an astounding five gold medals in the 2020 Games, held in 2021 in Tokyo.

Former Bolles Shark club members Drew Salls and McGuire McDuff also had strong showings at the Trials, with Salls making it to the semifinals in the 50 free and McDuff a finalist in the 100 free. Two former participants in the Bolles Swim Camp also earned Olympic bids. Current University of Pennsylvania swimmer Matt Fallon won the men’s 200 breast in an American record time. Cal swimmer and former Bolles Swim Camp participant Jack Alexy placed second in the men’s 100 free final and fourth in the men’s 50 free final.

Numerous current and former Bolles swimmers as well as current and former coaches were part of the U.S. Trials. See the complete results below:

Jack Alexy – Men’s 50 free: 4th in final/Men’s 100 free: 2nd in final
Caeleb Dressel – Men’s 50 free: 1st in final/Men’s 100 free: 3rd in final/Men’s 100 fly: 1st in final
Matt Fallon – Men’s 100 breast: 13th in semifinals/Men’s 200 breast: 1st in final – American record
Harry Herrera ’22 – Men’s 200 breast: 34th in prelims
Billy Jones – Men’s 100 fly: T-32 in prelims
Landon Kyser ’24 – Men’s 100 back: 58th in prelims
Carter Lancaster ’24 – Men’s 200 IM: 84th in prelims
Kayden Lancaster ’23 – Men’s 200 free: T-43 in prelims
Ethan Maloney ’22 – Men’s 100 breast: 22nd in prelims
Macguire McDuff – Men’s 50 free: 21st in prelims/Men’s 100 free: 8th in final
Ryan Murphy ’13 – Men’s 100 back: 1st in final/Men’s 200 back: 1st in final/Men’s 100 fly: 6th in final
Aidan Paro ’23 – Men’s 100 fly: 26th in prelims
Olivia Peoples – Women’s 100 fly: 33rd in prelims
Jacob Pishko ’21 – Men’s 200 fly: 35th in prelims
Drew Salls – Men’s 50 free: 12th in semis
Dylan Smiley – Men’s 100 fly: 22nd in prelims

Internationally, rising junior Lucero Mejia Arce ’26 (Guatemala) will join Bolles alums Martin Espernberger ’22 (Austria) and Sabrina Lyn ’23 (Jamaica) as well as former Bolles Shark McKenna DeBever (Peru) in representing their respective countries in the Paris Olympics. 

Arce swam a 100 backstroke at the CCCAN Championships in June, dropping her time to a 1:02.60 to record the highest World Aquatics Points for a Guatemalan female. Bolles students Liam Carrington ’26 (Trinidad & Tobago), Antoine Destang ’25 (St. Lucia), Tristan Dorville ’25 (St. Lucia), Marleigh Howes ’26 (Bermuda) and Riley Miller ’26 (USVI) also competed at CCCAN this summer. Go Bolles! #BulldogProud