As reported by SwimSwam’s Anne Lepesant:
MALE RACE OF THE YEAR – JORDAN WILIMOVSKY, 10K OPEN WATER
For the first time, an open water swimmer has been recognized by USA Swimming with a Golden Goggle Award. Jordan Wilimovsky of Team USA won the 10K Open Water race at FINA World Championships in Kazan and became the first male swimmer to qualify for the 2016 United States Olympic Team. Wilimovsky swam toward the back of the pack over the first half of the race before making his move. He built his second 5K and took over the lead with 3K left to go. From there he continued to increase his lead over the field and ended up winning by over 12 seconds, in 1:49:48.2.
BREAKOUT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR – JORDAN WILIMOVSKY
Wilimovsky, with his Race of the Year for the 10K Open Water contest in Kazan, was also named the Breakout Performer of the Year. Wilimovsky became the first announced member of the 2016 US Olympic Team who will compete in Rio next summer.