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.
Hungarian iron lady Katinka Hosszu wasted no time redeeming herself after missing the 400 IM podium in 2012.
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.
For sheer perseverance and commitment to a goal, Plummer is the recipient for the Heart of a Champion Swammy Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.