2015 Swammy Awards – Female Breakout SOTY – Bronte Campbell

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2015 Female Breakout Swimmer of the Year – Bronte Campbell

Bronte Campbell (AUS) earns her 2nd World Championship title, this time in women's 50m free with 24.12 on Day 8 of 2015 FINA World Championships (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Bronte Campbell (AUS) earns her 2nd World Championship title, this time in women’s 50m free with 24.12 on Day 8 of 2015 FINA World Championships (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

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.

Honourable Mentions:

  • 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.

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Aussie Coach
8 years ago

Bronte really did stand out of her sisters shadow this year, starting with her 50m win at Australian Nationals.

Cate will probably still be the favourite for the 100m at the Olympics, but I would be putting Bronte as a serious contender for Gold in the 50m.

Reply to  Aussie Coach
8 years ago

Big sister (C1) will most certainly be wanting to put the upstart (C2) “back in her box” in 2016 but this may be easier said than done. Although C2’s consistency of performance is not yet at the level of big sister when it comes to putting out world leading times at any time; she most certainly proved in Kazan that she’s capable of delivering when it counts.

If they’re both in peak health and fitness in Kazan, it will be very difficult to bet against them collecting the major coin in the W4X100. It would be fair to class them both as sound medal bets in the 100free as they, and Sjostrom, look to currently have a significant gap on… Read more »

Reply to  commonwombat
8 years ago

Re the 100 free, I agree in regards to Sjostrom, but in my opinion, Cate Campbell is the best sprinter in the world & Bronte is the biggest improver, with the potential to go even faster, so if I was a betting man, which I’m not, I would tip a Campbell 1,2.

The 50 free is more open as you also said, but m tip is Bronte as the big improver here. With Sjostrom now adding the 200 metres, which I think is easier to win for her, she may struggle in the 50. Kromowidjojo is the one who could cause the upset. Hasall is an outsider to me.

Reply to  Robbos
8 years ago

I still see Halsall as a very real contender for the 50. She may have been off medal pace this year but still made the final in Kazan. In 2014 she was equal no1 in the world (and sub24sec) and beat both C1 & C2 at Toy-Towns. Were it as case of two years “off the pace” then I’d agree there is grounds for discounting but 2014 still within “relevance” range.

Kromowidjojo cannot be completely discounted from the 100 but she hasn’t been sub53 since 2012. Over 50, she has to be seen as being one of the favourites.

Heemskerk, likewise, cannot be fully discounted from the 100 but as yet has not proven her capacity to deliver “individually” at… Read more »

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