Katie Ledecky, Bobby Finke Win Athlete of the Year Honors at 2022 Golden Goggle Awards

by Riley Overend 6

November 21st, 2022 News

2022 Golden Goggle Awards

A pair of former Florida Gators swept the top honors at the 18th annual Golden Goggle Awards on Monday night.

Katie Ledecky made history with her eighth Female Athlete of the Year award, surpassing Michael Phelps (seven) for most times winning the honor. She previously won Female Athlete of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2021.

At the 2022 World Championships, Ledecky brought home four gold medals from Budapest. Her 800 freestyle victory earned her the Race of the Year award earlier in the evening and her 4×200 free relay got her the Relay of the Year award. The 25-year-old also took gold in the 1500 freestyle, swimming a 15:30.15 in the event to defeat the field. Her fourth gold medal swim of the meet was a 3:58.15 Championships record in the 400 free.

Ledecky received the nod over five other nominees: Alex Walsh, Katie Grimes, Lilly King, Regan Smith, and Torri Huske.

Male Athlete of the Year went to Bobby Finke for the first time. Last year, he won Race of the Year for his 800 free gold medal swim at the Tokyo Olympics. This year, the 23-year-old lowered the national records in both the 800 and 1500 freestyles in Budapest, clocking a 7:39.36 and 14:36.70, respectively. His 800 free victory earned him the Race of the Year award earlier in the ceremony. Finke earned the honor over fellow nominees Carson Foster, Nic Fink, and Ryan Murphy. Fink and Murphy and also won an individual gold and silver at Worlds, but Finke was the only one to do so and break two American records along the way.

The Gators added to their big night with Anthony Nesty taking home the Coach of the Year award.

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11 days ago

Call it the Katie Ledecky award!

11 days ago

Carson not getting a single award after not only going a bunch of PBS. But also crossing a mental barrier in his life is crazy to me

Reply to  Nate
11 days ago

I don’t think he fits the bill for the perseverance award. And it’s pretty simple; he had one gold, one silver when another athlete had two golds with two records.

I’m a big fan of Foster, and I think he will be a staple of American swimming for the next 10 years. He’ll get his awards.

Reply to  Thomas
11 days ago

You mean 1 gold 1 silver (finke) vs 2 silvers (carson) right? For male performance.

Last edited 11 days ago by Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
10 days ago

Yes… whoops. Point still stands though.

Reply to  Nate
11 days ago

Which award do you think he should have gotten?

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Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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