By USA Swimming | Wednesday, November 8, 2017
In the lead up to the Nov. 19 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will highlight the eight award categories.
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MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
This award is given to the top male swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Caeleb Dressel had a FINA World Championships for the ages, as he joined Michael Phelps as the only swimmers to win seven titles at a single FINA World Championships. He won individual gold in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly to become the first American male since Ryan Lochte in 2011 to claim at least three individual titles at the same world championships. He set American records in the 50m free, 100m free and 50m fly in Budapest. On June 29, Dressel became the first swimmer in history to win three world titles in a single day on with gold in the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4x100m freestyle relay. He also won gold in the 4x100m medley relay, 4x100m freestyle relay and mixed 4x100m medley relay in Budapest. At the 2017 NCAA Championships, Dressel won titles in the 50y free, 100y free and 100y butterfly for Florida.
Chase Kalisz won his first career international gold medals in impressive fashion, taking the 200m and 400m individual medley titles in Budapest to become the first swimmer since Ryan Lochte in 2011 to sweep both races at the FINA World Championships. On July 27, Kalisz made his move on the back half of the 200m IM to earn gold in a personal-best 1:55.56. He followed July 30 with gold in the 400m IM in another personal-best of 4:05.90, a time that topped Michael Phelps’ meet record and bested the field by 2 seconds. Earlier in 2017, Kalisz won the NCAA title in the 400y IM for Georgia.