Golden Goggles at a Glance: Female Athlete of the Year

Golden Goggles at a Glance: Female Athlete of the Year

By USA Swimming  | Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In the lead up to the Nov. 19 Golden Goggle Awards, USA Swimming will highlight the eight award categories. 

Female Athlete of the Year

This award is given to the top female swimmer of the year with special emphasis on achievements at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

Haley Anderson

Olympian Haley Anderson had a strong 2018 season, highlighted by a second straight open water 10K gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships and lifetime bests in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle at the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals, where she placed in the top four in all three events. Anderson also was the 10K runner-up at USA Swimming Open Water Nationals and posted multiple podium finishes – two gold, one silver – at FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series and LEN European Open Water Cup events this summer in Europe.

 

Kathleen Baker

Olympian Kathleen Baker posted a huge 2018 season thanks to her first career world record, three national titles and four medals at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. Baker kicked her summer off with a world record of 58.00 in the 100m backstroke, as well as titles in the 200m back and 200m individual medley, at the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals. She followed with gold in the 200m back in a championship-record and lifetime-best 2:06.14 at Pan Pacs and added bronze in the 100m back, silver in the 4x100m medley relay and bronze in the 4x100m mixed medley relay in Tokyo. Earlier in 2018, Baker notched three top-three finishes at the 2018 NCAA Championships for Cal.


Katie Ledecky

The incomparable Katie Ledecky again led the Team USA women at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships with five medals, including repeat gold-medal performances in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events. She added silver in the 4x200m free relay and bronze in the 200m free. Earlier in 2018, Ledecky eclipsed her own world record in the 1500m free at the TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis with a time of 15:20.48, won U.S. titles in the 200m, 400m and 800m free at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships and claimed the women’s overall TYR Pro Swim Series title. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Ledecky paced Stanford to a second straight NCAA women’s team title with victories in the 500y and 1650y free.
 

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