2015 Female Breakout Swimmer of the Year – Bronte Campbell
Often mentioned in the press after her big sister Cate, Bronte Campbell stole the headlines in 2015. The younger of the Campbell sisters won the 50 and the 100 freestyle at the World Championships in Kazan where she also collected gold in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay and bronze in the 4 x 100 medley relay.
At the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona the 19 year old Campbell finished fifth in the 50 freestyle and just missed the final in the 100 freestyle. 2014 was the first time that she stood on the podium at an major international competition, winning silver in both the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships as well as a silver in the 100 freestyle and a bronze in the 50 freestyle at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Campbell posted best times in 2015 going from a 24.20 to a 24.12 in the 50 freestyle and from a 52.86 to a 52.52 in the 100 freestyle. Her time in the 100 was the world’s top time in the 2014-15 season while her 50 time was second in the world next to her older sister Cate.
- Madi Wilson – Australian Madi Wilson had a breakout year in 2014 qualifying for her first major international competitions swimming at the World Short Course Championships and the Commonwealth Games, placing in the top eight in the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke in Glasgow. She once again made huge improvements in 2015 going from a 1:00.31 to a 58.75 in the 100 backstroke earning herself a silver medal in Kazan.
- Emily Overholt – In 2014 Canadian Emily Overholt finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in the 400 IM posting a best time of 4:37.89. In Kazan Overholt dropped over five seconds putting up a 4:32.52 setting a new Canadian record while earning a bronze at the World Championships.