2016 Swammy Awards: Female Paralympic Swimmer of the Year

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2016 Female Paralympic Swimmer of the Year: Yelzaveta Mereshko

Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko led all female swimmers in Rio with 5 total Paralympic medals. 4 were gold for Mereshko, all individual. Her only non-gold medal was a bronze from Ukraine’s mixed 4×50 free relay.

Competing in the S6 classification, Mereshko won the 50 free, 100 free and 400 free. She also won the SB5 100 breaststroke and set a world record in the ever-competitive 100 freestyle.

Honorable Mention:

In no particular order:

  • Aurelie RivardCanada: Competing in the S10 and SM10 classes, Rivard was part of a great swimming showing for Canada across the Olympics and Paralympics. She won 3 golds and a silver while setting world records in the 50 and 400 frees.
  • Rebecca MeyersUSA: Meyers matched Rivard’s medal haul with 3 golds and a silver. She also matched Rivard’s two world records, breaking them in the S13 400 free and 100 fly.
  • Zhang Li, China: Helping lead China  to a record Paralympic medal haul across all sports, Zhang won 4 golds and a bronze. One of those golds came as part of the Chinese mixed 4×50 relay. Zhang was only on that relay in prelims, but did win a gold as the finals relay broke a world record.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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