2017 Swammy Awards: European Female Swimmer of the Year Sarah Sjöström

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Sarah Sjostrom wins the 50 freestyle at the 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis)

She’s made us type out a bunch of ‘ö’s this year, but darn it, it’s been worth it.

Sarah Sjöström is our European Female Swimmer of the Year, and if you’re tired of hearing about her, too bad. We’re not done talking about her. She threw down big swim after big swim, never needing the spotlight of a major international championship meet to produce electrifying performances. Take a quick look back through some of her highlights this year:

Sjöström finishes 2017 with 5 new European Records (7 total) and 3 new World Records (6 total). She won three golds and a silver at the 2017 World Championships, and won two golds and two silvers at the 2017 European Championships, in addition to an evasive relay gold in the 4×50 medley relay and a silver in the 4×50 free relay. She’s the fastest sprinter ever, and her versatility in both freestyle and butterfly make her a deadly force.


In no particular order

  • Katinka Hosszu, HUN: The Iron Lady was a bit lackluster this year in the IM’s, but it’s a testament to her greatness that she was still able to crush a whopping six gold medals at the 2017 European Short Course Championships. She also collected a hefty $276K for her World Cup performances, the most-paid athlete behind winners Sjöström and Le Clos at the end.
  • Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED: Though a bit overshadowed by Sjöström, the Dutch sprint star had plenty to brag about in 2017, including a 50 free world record in short course and two individual gold medals from the 2017 European SC Champs– including a 50 fly win, while Sjöström watched from the sidelines as she finished 9th in the semifinals.

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Istvan. That’s a nice Hungarian name.


How does Sjöström’s two golds and two silvers beat Hossu’s 6 gold at the 2017 European Championships? That is why it is hogwash.


I am with you.


How would Katinkas gold, silver and bronze beat Sarah Sjöströms 3 golds and 1 Silver + 2 world records? Think again!


Get it right. Hosszu got 6 gold medals for 6 events entered at the 2017 European Championships where Sjöström got two golds and two silvers. Not even close.


Maybe Hosszu’s and Sjostrom’s gold medals are of different karatage. Therefore Sjostrom’s 2017 season’s success was evaluated higher than Hosszu’s.


Only if 2>6

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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