Katie Ledecky Named June’s USOC Athlete of the Month
A record-setting performance at last month’s USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships earned Katie Ledecky the U.S. Olympic Committee’s female Athlete of the Month honors for June.
An Olympic gold medalist, Ledecky posted a brilliant week by winning the women’s 400-meter freestyle, 800 freestyle and 1,500 freestyle events at the 2013 USA Swimming Phillips 66 National Championships, held June 25-29 in Indianapolis. On the final night of competition, Ledecky bettered Janet Evans’ 1988 meet record in the 1,500 with a lifetime best swim of 15:47.15, which marked the top performance in the world this year. In addition to winning the 800 and posting a national age group record in her 400 victory, Ledecky claimed second place in the 200 freestyle. In the process, she became the first American woman to qualify for the FINA World Championships in the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle events. At this month's world championships in Barcelona, Ledecky will swim the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle events.
Wheelchair tennis player David Wagner (Chula Vista, Calif.) claimed men’s Athlete of the Month recognition, while the men’s tennis doubles team of Bob Bryan (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.) and Mike Bryan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) received Team of the Month honors.
Each National Governing Body may nominate one female, one male and one team per discipline. A voting panel selects the winners from the pool of nominees with online fan voting via Twitter accounting for 10 percent of the total vote.