Handicapping the 2011 Golden Goggles Nominees

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

October 13th, 2011 National

It’s hard to believe it’s that time again, but USA Swimming Foundation is gearing up for another edition of the Golden Goggles Awards, which will take place on November 20th in Los Angeles, California. The star-studded gala features most of American swimming’s biggest stars dressed to a tee and receiving awards.

The USA Swimming Foundation gives you, the fans, a 5% stake in the voting through their online ballot. Click here to check it out and vote for yourself.

Below, we give you our picks for each category, and reasons why. Good luck to all the candidates, and feel free to make your own decisions!

Breakout Performer of the Year

Perseverance Award

Coach of the Year

Relay Performance of the Year

Female Performance of the Year

Male Performance of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

Male Athlete of the Year

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Is the USA Swimming Coach of the Year about amassing a huge international roster though, or is it for which coach best brought about the best and/or cultivated the most improvement of domestic swimming talent?


I agree with Josh. I didn’t think Salo’s troops swam particularly well this summer, considering how loaded they were! I will go with Gregg Troy for COY with Lochte and Beisel.

I also agree with Braden that the Perservance nominees don’t fit the bill.

I will go with Missy for Female Swimmer of the Year.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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