WNBA superstar Candace Parker has won the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award for 2013 for team athletes, and American swimming star Missy Franklin took the honor for individual sports.
Parker was the 2013 WNBA MVP, WNBA All-Star Game NVP, and led the Los Angeles Sparks to the playoffs with a 24-10 record.
Franklin’s year included 6 gold medals at the World Championships, pushing her to 9 for her career (more than any woman in long course Worlds history).
Other finalists for the individual award included Japanese figure skater Mao Asada, American snowboarder Kelly Clark, Slovenian skier Tina Maze, Paralympic Track & Field star Tatyana McFadden, Korean golfer Inbee Park, American pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, and American tennis player Serena Williams.
Past swimmers to have won the award include Amy Van Dyken (1996), Jenny Thompson (2000), Natalie Coughlin (2003), and Erin Popovich (2005).
Franklin was in New York tonight to be a part of the ceremony, but is expected to be back with the Cal team in time for their top-10 showdown with the Florida Gators this weekend.
(Correction: an earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Parker as winning over Franklin – the two took separate awards.)