Usa Swimming Names Katie Ledecky Its Athlete Of The Year

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— Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky has been selected USA Swimming athlete of the year. The 16-year-old swimmer from Bethesda, Md., won the award at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention on Saturday. Ledecky also won the Phillips 66 Performance Award for her record-breaking swim in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the world championships in Spain this summer. She won in a world-record time of 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds, beating the field by 2.35 seconds and lowering the old mark by more than six seconds. She won four gold medals and broke two world records at the world meet in Barcelona. She won the 400, 1,500 and 1,800 freestyles, and helped the U.S. win the 4×200 freestyle relay. World champion Haley Anderson of Granite Bay, Calif., won the female open water swimmer of the year. Alex Meyer of Ithaca, N.Y., the national 10-kilometer champion, won the male open water swimmer award named for the late Fran Crippen. Catherine Vogt, who served as head open water coach at worlds, received the Glen S. Hummer Award for making the greatest contribution to open water swimming for the year. Ian Silverman, a Paralympic gold medalist, won the Trischa L.

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Meanwhile, Ron Van Pool snared the 2013 USA Swimming Award for his contributions to the sport. A night after winner her second straight Performance Award for her world-record swim in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle at the 2013 World Championships, Ledecky topped all-comers for USA Swimming’s Athlete of the Year honor. Ledecky had an outstanding meet at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. She captured four gold medals, including world records in the 800 and 1500-meter freestyles. She also won gold in her first international relay as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay after also racing to an American record to win the women’s 400-meter freestyle. Ledecky also collected the FINA Trophy as the top female swimmer of the meet. Van Pool, meanwhile, took home the highest honor that USA Swimming doles out in the sport of swimming domestically for most outstanding contribution to the sport. Here’s USA Swimming’s recap of his more than three decades of service to the sport: Van Pool began his career in USA Swimming as a parent watching his child compete on the local swim team. He became an official and has been a part of USA Swimming for more than 30 years. He served as an official at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was also the head referee at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. From 2002-2006, Van Pool was the President of USA Swimming. Van Pool has served as the USA Swimming representative to the USOC and the National Governing Body Council for over 10 years, and is a member of the USSIC Board of Directors. He is the ex officio member of the USA Swimming Board and is a member of the Safe Sport Committee. Here’s a complete list of USA Swimming’s winners from both nights: Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Haley Anderson Fran Crippen Memorial Male Swimmer of the Year: Alex Meyer Glen S.

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