2019 OCEANIAN FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: ARIARNE TITMUS (AUSTRALIA)
In 2019, Australian teen distance star Ariarne Titmus accomplished something no one had accomplished before. Titmus, the 2nd fastest 400 freestyler in history, dethroned reigning Olympic Champion Katie Ledecky in the 400 free at the FINA World Championships. That made her the first woman to defeat Ledecky in a distance race (400 meters or longer) at a major international meet.
Titmus was within half a second of Ledecky’s Championship Record in that event. She’s one of only 3 women to have ever broken 4:00 in the 400 free. She racked up 2 more individual medals throughout the meet. Titmus nabbed bronze in the 800 free with a new Oceanian Record, becoming the 7th fastest performer ever in that race. She also earned silver in the 200 free. However, that wasn’t her fastest 200 free performance of the meet.
In the 800 free relay, Titmus led off for the Aussies with a new Oceanian Record in the 200 free. The squad went on to top the podium in a new World Record. Titmus now has 5 career long course Worlds medals, including 2 golds.
This is Titmus’ 2nd-straight Swammy Award as Oceania’s Female Swimmer of the Year.
In no particular order
- Minna Atherton (AUS)- At 2019 Worlds, Atherton earned 3 medals. Individually, she placed 2nd in the 100 back. She was a part of the prelims team of the mixed 4×100 medley relay, earning a gold as the finals team won the event. Atherton led off the women’s 4×100 medley to get a silver. In the ISL’s inaugural season, she became the first woman to break 55 seconds in the 100 back (SCM), setting a new World Record. She took down the Australian Record in the 200 back, coming within hundredths of the World Record.
- Cate Campbell (AUS)- Campbell was once again a staple of Australia’s relays at the World Championships. She helped the Aussies to gold in the women’s 4×100 free relay and the mixed 4×100 medley relay. In the women’s 4×100 medley relay, she anchored the squad to silver. Individually, Campbell earned a silver in the 100 free and a bronze in the 50 free. That was her first Worlds medal in the 50 since 2013. Campbell was also the 2019 FINA World Cup champion.