2013 Golden Goggle Award Nominees
Breakout Performer of the Year
This award is given to the athlete whose performance(s) stand out in relation to other years, with special emphasis given to the 2013 FINA World Championships.
JIMMY FEIGEN - Feigen has been on the cusp of making a name for himself as a premier sprinter. His breakthrough came in the 100m free final at the FINA World Championships where the 2012 Olympian came from behind in the final 50 meters to earn silver with a lifetime-best swim of 47.82. On the opening night of competition in Barcelona, Feigen was a member of the 4x100m free relay team that placed second with a time of 3:11.42.
chase kalisz - After winning the 400y individual medley at the 2013 NCAA Championships and earning five podium finishes in the 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series, the 19-year-old Kalisz went on to win the 400m IM at the Phillips 66 National Championships. His success continued at the 2013 FINA World Championships, his first major international meet, where he won the silver medal in the same event in 4:09.22.
SIMONE MANUEL - At 16, Manuel finished second and third, respectively, in the 50m and 100m free at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships. Manuel earned a spot on the 2013 FINA World Championships where she became the first American woman, 18 or under, to swim the 50m free less than 25 seconds. She improved her time for a third time in the final, finishing seventh in 24.80. Manuel also won gold in Barcelona as a member of the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. .
MICHAEL MCBROOM - McBroom made the U.S. World Championships roster after second-place finishes in the 800m and 1500m free at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships. At the 2013 FINA World Championships, the results continued for McBroom. The 22-year-old set the only men’s American record in 2013 with a time of 7:43.60 in the 800m free, en route to the silver medal. He also had a fifth-place finish in the 1500m free at Worlds with a personal best of 14:53.95.
This award is given to the athlete who came back from adversity, retirement, sickness, injury, etc., to have an outstanding performance(s) in 2013, with special emphasis on the 2013 FINA World Championships.
EUGENE GODSOE - On the heels of a disappointing 2012, Godsoe had a breakthrough 2013 season, qualifying for his first major international roster and winning his first World Championships medal. The 25-year-old won the 50m and 100m butterfly at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships with lifetime bests in both events. At the 2013 FINA World Championships, Godsoe qualified eighth for the final of the 50m fly and made the most of his opportunity to win silver in 23.05.
ELIZABETH PELTON - A fixture on U.S. international teams since 2009, Pelton just missed punching a ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games by placing third in a pair of events at Trials. This year, Pelton rebounded to finish second in the 100m and 200m back events at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis and earn her spot on the 2013 FINA World Championships roster. In Spain, the 19-year-old Pelton won a pair of gold medals in relay events, while finishing fourth in the 100m back and fifth in the 200m back, respectively.
david plummer - Despite swimming a lifetime best, Plummer fell just 0.12 seconds shy of making the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team in his signature event – the 100m back. Rather than dwell on his disappointment, Plummer used his near miss as motivation for a remarkable 2013. He secured a spot on the U.S. roster for the 2013 FINA World Championships by winning national titles in the 100m back and 50m back at Phillips 66 Nationals. Once in Barcelona, Plummer came through in the clutch to earn the silver medal in 53.12.
megan romano - Romano qualified for the finals in two events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials but fell just short of making the team. Romano again just missed making an international team individually with a fourth-place finish in the 100m free at 2013 Phillips 66 Nationals. But she more than made the most of her international competitions this summer. She collected a team-high six medals at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, and followed with a pair of relay gold medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona. Her 52.60 anchor leg in the 4x100m free relay was one of the lasting memories of the World Championships.
Coach of the Year
This award is given to the coach whose athlete(s) performed at the highest level throughout the year, with special emphasis on the 2013 FINA World Championships.
RICK DEMONT - DeMont coached Matt Grevers to his 2012 Olympic gold-medal performance in the 100m back, and the two continued to train for the 2013 FINA World Championships. In Barcelona, Grevers and DeMont again found themselves with a gold medal in the 100m back. DeMont pushed Grevers to a sub-53 time, clocking a 52.97, to continue the U.S. dominance in that race. Grevers also won silver in the 50m back.
BRUCE GEMMELL - In his first season coaching at Nation’s Capital, Gemmell guided his star pupil, Katie Ledecky, to gold in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle at the 2013 FINA World Championships. Ledecky became the first American woman to win all three events at a single World Championships. Gemmell added a different race strategy to Ledecky by teaching her to come from off the pace, versus only swimming from out in front. In Barcelona, both approaches worked as she set world records in the 800m free (8:13.86) and the 1500m (15:36.53), as well as an American record in the 400m free (3:59.82).
Dave Salo - Salo led Haley Anderson to the gold medal in the women’s 5K at the 2013 FINA World Championships, where he served as the women’s head coach for the U.S. team. As the race developed it became a two-swimmer race between Anderson and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto. The long hours and grueling practices with Salo paid off, as Anderson was able to hold on for the win in 56:34.2. Salo also mentored Jessica Hardy to a trio of medals in Barcelona – gold in the 4x100m medley relay and bronze in the 50m and 100m breast.
Todd Schmitz - As Missy Franklin’s longtime coach, Todd Schmitz has seen Franklin grow from a standout age-group swimmer to an Olympic and World Championships gold medalist. With Schmitz serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. team, Franklin took Barcelona by storm this summer, becoming the first woman to win six gold medals at a single FINA World Championships. She has now amassed a women’s record nine career gold medals in World Championships action. Franklin swept the backstroke events, was victorious in the 200m free and led the U.S. to gold in all three relays.
Gregg Troy - Troy has coached more than 75 Olympians and is known for his ability to revamp programs into national and international powerhouses. This summer, Troy guided Ryan Lochte to four medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships. For the third straight time, Lochte topped the podium in the 200m IM with a swim of 1:54.98. He also secured his second consecutive 200m back title and pushed his career World Championships medal count to 23, including 15 gold. Troy also led Elizabeth Beisel to a bronze medal in the women’s 400m IM.
Relay Performance of the Year
This award is given to the best team relay performance, male or female. The performance considered must be a finals performance, with special emphasis on the 2013 FINA World Championships.
Women’s 4X100 Free Relay – 2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - The women’s 4x100m free relay team got the World Championships off to a thrilling start with a come-from-behind win and an American record. Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin and Shannon Vreeland kept the Americans in second place and within striking distance of Australia over the first three legs. Anchoring her first major international relay, Megan Romano hit the water seven-tenths of a second behind the Aussies but split 52.60 to give the U.S. its first World Championships gold in the event since 2003. The time of 3:32.31 was an American record by almost two seconds.
wOMen’s 4X200 Free Relay – 2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - The women’s 4x200m free relay team won gold by nearly two seconds with a time of 7:45.14 in Barcelona. Katie Ledecky led things off with a 1:56.32 split to give the U.S. a slight lead at the 200m mark. Shannon Vreeland and Karlee Bispo followed with strong swims to keep Team USA in second before Missy Franklin took to the water for the anchor. She used an event-best 1:54.27 split to overtake Australia and give the U.S. its fifth gold medal in the event in the last six FINA World Championships.
Men’s 4X200 Free Relay – 2013 FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - The men’s 4x200m free relay lineup convincingly struck gold at the 2013 FINA World Championships with a time of 7:01.72 – more than two seconds clear of runner-up Russia. After Conor Dwyer led things off for the Americans, Ryan Lochte grabbed the lead at the 400m mark. Charlie Houchin and Ricky Berens continued with powerful swims and were not threatened down the stretch, as the U.S. men ran its unbeaten streak in this relay in major international competitions to 10 years.
WOMen’s 4x100 Medley Relay – 2013 fina world championships - The women’s 4x100m medley relay team was dominant en route to gold in Barcelona and a nearly two-second victory over Australia. Missy Franklin opened with a 58.39 backstroke split to give the Americans a healthy lead on the field after just 100 meters. Jessica Hardy followed with a 1:05.10 breaststroke split, and Dana Vollmer added the fastest butterfly leg of 56.31 to boost the U.S. cushion to an insurmountable three seconds heading to the anchor. Megan Romano’s 53.43 freestyle split held off Australia down the stretch to secure gold for the U.S. in 3:53.23.
Female RACE of the Year
This award is given to the female swimmer with the greatest single individual race of the year, with special emphasis on the 2013 FINA World Championships.
Missy Franklin – 200m Free – 2013 FINA World Championships - Franklin won gold in the 200m free at the 2013 FINA World Championships with a lifetime best swim of 1:54.81. She was comfortably in second place at the 50 before pushing the second length and grabbing the lead at the halfway mark. Franklin extended her lead through the 150m mark and then held off the hard-charging world record holder – Federica Pellegrini of Italy – over the final 50 meters to win the third of her record-setting six gold medals at the World Championships.
Katie Ledecky – 800m Free – 2013 FINA World Championships - Ledecky set the second of her two world records at the 2013 FINA World Championships in the 800m free with a time of 8:13.86. Ledecky and eventual runner-up Lotte Friis of Denmark separated from the field early on with Friis leading until the 650m mark. Over the final 150m, Ledecky surged in front of Friis and put the world record in her sights. Ledecky’s final 50 was her fastest of the race – 29.79 – and secured the world mark by two-tenths of a second.
Katie Ledecky – 1500m Free – 2013 FINA World Championships - Ledecky displayed one of the most impressive international swims in recent memory at the 2013 FINA World Championships when she bettered a six-year-old world record in the 1500m free by six seconds, finishing in 15:36.53. Ledecky and Denmark’s Lotte Friis quickly established themselves as the class of the field, and the duo swam under world-record pace from the start of the race. Ledecky made her move with around 200m to go and built her lead over the final four laps before finishing two seconds clear of Friis.
Haley Anderson – 5K Open Water – 2013 FINA World Championships - Anderson swam along the leaders from the 5K start and held a slim lead over a tightly congested pack at the 2.5K mark. After slipping to second early on lap two, Anderson quickly recovered, and it was apparent the race would come down to Anderson and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto. The two swimmers entered the finish chute together, and Anderson out-touched Okimoto by two-tenths of a second to win Team USA’s first medal of the 2013 FINA World Championships in 56:34.2.
Male RACE of the Year
This award is given to the male swimmer with the greatest single individual race of the year, with special emphasis on the 2013 FINA World Championships.
Matt Grevers – 100m Back – 2013 FINA World Championships - After winning gold in the 100m back a year ago in London, Grevers was the favorite to repeat that performance in Barcelona. Despite finishing second in the event at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships, Grevers delivered at the World Championships and topped the podium in 52.93. He was second at the 50m mark, but made his move over the final 50 meters and held off fast-charging teammate David Plummer down the stretch to win his first individual World Championships gold medal.
Ryan Lochte – 200m Back – 2013 FINA World Championships - Lochte took command of the 200m back final at the 2013 FINA World Championships from the start and never looked back. He held a slight lead at the 50m mark and pulled away from the field over the second 50 meters to hold a half-second cushion on the field at the midway point of the race. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki pushed Lochte over the final 100 meters, but could not pull closer than four-tenths of a second. Lochte won his second individual gold of World Championships in 1:53.79.
Ryan Lochte – 200m IM – 2013 FINA World Championships - Lochte re-established his dominance with a third straight World Championships gold medal in the 200m IM. He started quickly and was just 0.03 seconds off the lead following the butterfly leg. At the midway point of the race, he was 0.14 seconds behind Thiago Pereira of Brazil. Lochte turned it on during the breaststroke length and grabbed a lead he would not relinquish. He had a half-second lead at the 150m mark and pulled away over the freestyle leg for a 1.3-second victory over Kosuke Hagino of Japan. With his win in 1:54.98 Lochte became just the fifth man in history to win three straight world titles in a single event.
Female Athlete of the Year
This award is given to the top female swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2013 FINA World Championships.
HALEY ANDERSON - Anderson returned to the international podium this summer in Barcelona by capturing the gold medal in the open water 5K at the 2013 FINA World Championships. After slipping to second early on lap two, Anderson quickly recovered and it was apparent the race would come down to Anderson and Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto. The two swimmers entered the finish chute together, and Anderson out-touched Okimoto Cintra by two-tenths of a second to win Team USA’s first medal of the 2013 FINA World Championships. Earlier in the summer, Anderson was victorious in the 5K at the 2013 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships. She also won the 500y and 1650y freestyle events at the 2013 NCAA Championships swimming for USC.
MISSY FRANKLIN - At age 18, Franklin has already established the gold standard for women’s swimmers at the FINA World Championships. Franklin became the first woman to win six gold medals at a single FINA World Championships by topping the podium in the 100m back, 200m back, 200m free and all three women’s relays this summer in Barcelona. Franklin has already amassed a women’s record nine career gold medals in FINA World Championships action. Earlier in the season, Franklin claimed the overall women’s title for the 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series and won national titles in the 100m and 200m free and 100m and 200m back at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.
KATIE LEDECKY - After bursting upon the international scene a year ago in London, the 16-year-old Ledecky took her performances to another level this summer at the 2013 FINA World Championships with four gold medals and world-record swims in the 800m free and 1500m free. In the process, she became the first American woman to win the 400m free, 800m free and 1500m free at a single FINA World Championships. For her efforts, Ledecky won the FINA Trophy as the highest scoring female swimmer at the 2013 FINA World Championships. Earlier in the summer, Ledecky won the 400m free, 800m free and 1500m free; and was second in the 200m free at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis.
Male Athlete of the Year
This award is given to the top male swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2013 FINA World Championships.
matt grevers - Grevers once again proved himself the world’s best in his signature event by striking gold in the 100m back this summer in Barcelona. Grevers edged David Plummer with a time of 52.93 to top the podium in the 100m back and earn his first individual FINA World Championships gold. Grevers also captured a silver medal in the 50m back with a time of 24.54. Earlier in the summer, Grevers punched his ticket to Spain by finishing second in both the 50m and 100m backstroke at the 100m back at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships.
RYAN LOCHTE - Lochte led the U.S. men at the 2013 FINA World Championships with four medals – gold in the 200m IM, 200m back and 4x200m free relay; and silver in the 400m free relay. He topped the podium in the 200m IM at the World Championships for the third straight time with a time of 1:54.98, more than a second clear of the field. After winning four medals this summer, he is second all-time with 15 career world championships gold medals and 23 career total medals. At Phillips 66 Nationals, Lochte earned wins in the 200m IM, 200m back and 200m free; and a runner-up finish in the 100m fly. He also won the men’s overall title for the 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series.