2016 Swammy Awards

The Top 16 Swimming Stories of 2016

The New Year is upon us! So we at SwimSwam are wrapping up our 2016 Swammy Awards with a look back at the 16 biggest stories of the year 2016.

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2016 Swammy Awards: Top 10 Swims of the Year

Hungarian iron lady Katinka Hosszu wasted no time redeeming herself after missing the 400 IM podium in 2012.

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2016 Swammy Awards: Male Swimmer of the Year Michael Phelps

The first things many of us think of when we hear the name Michael Phelps are the records he has broken or the medals he has won. But Phelps’ legacy is also encapsulated in the individuals he inspired to pursue greatness.

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2016 Swammy Awards: Heart Of A Champion – David Plummer

For sheer perseverance and commitment to a goal, Plummer is the recipient for the Heart of a Champion Swammy Award.

2016 Swammy Awards: Female Swimmer of the Year Katie Ledecky

Though Katie Ledecky has been an Olympic gold medalist since she won the 800 free at age 15 in 2012, the teenage distance phenom truly left made her mark on the Olympic stage in 2016.

2016 Swammy Awards: Male Paralympic Swimmer of the Year

Belarus’s Ihar Boki swam his way to the highest gold medal total of any Paralympic swimmer in Rio this summer, earning 6 gold medals.

2016 Swammy Awards: NCAA Men’s Coach Of The Year

The Longhorns won another national championship by a 190.5 point margin, giving Reese his 12th NCAA victory. That victory for Reese puts him into unchartered territory as the winningest coach in NCAA swimming history.

More 2016 Swammy Awards

2016 Swammy Awards: Caribbean/Central Am. Male Swimmer of the Year

El Salvador’s Marcelo Acosta reserved his spot in swimming history in 2016, as he became the first man from El Salvador to qualify for the Olympics with an “A” cut.

2016 Swammy Awards: Female Paralympic Swimmer of the Year

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.

2016 Swammy Awards Video: Female Breakout Swimmer of the Year

Canadian Olympian Penny Oleksiak burst on to the scene in 2016, rising through the ranks to land on top of the podium at the Rio Olympic Games.

2016 Swammy Awards Video: Canadian Male Swimmer of the Year

Condorelli, who became a household name in the swimming world after stories of his middle finger ritual circulated, finished just off the podium at the Olympics with a 4th place finish in the 100 free.

2016 Swammy Awards Video: Asian Male Swimmer Of The Year

Kosuke Hagino (left) earned 3 medals at the 2016 Olympic Games, including the 400m IM gold, to help lay claim to the Swammy for Asian Male Swimmer of the Year.

2016 Swammy Awards: International Coaches Of The Year

fter finishing second at the men’s 2016 NCAA Championships, Durden put five swimmers on the American men’s Olympic team, all of which went on to make an Olympic final.

2016 Swammy Awards: Female Junior Swimmer of the Year

Surfing atop the new wave of Canadian swimming was Penny Oleksiak, who capped off an impressive summer in Rio with an Olympic gold in the 100 freestyle, where she tied with American Simone Manuel.

2016 Swammy Awards: National Development Award

Canada has demonstrated clear, rapid development, rising to become one of the best swimming nations on the women’s side, and for it’s success this year is being named the recipient of the National Development Swammy Award.

2016 Swammy Awards: Junior Male Swimmer of the Year

Youngster Kyle Chalmers would make his mark when his older teammates could not deliver, striking at just the right time in the men’s 100 free final at the 2016 Olympics.

2016 Swammy Awards Video: Oceania Male Swimmer Of The Year

Kyle Chalmers shocked the world and won gold, at just 18 years of age.