On Saturday evening in Atlanta at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention, Katie Ledecky was named the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year for a record-breaking 4th time.
Ledecky became just the second woman in history to win the 200, 400, and 800 freestyles at the same Olympic Games in Rio, and added a relay gold in the 800 free relay and silver in the 400 free relay.
The haul included World Records in the 400 free (3:56.46) and in the 800 free (8:04.79), both by astounding margins. The latter of those swims earned the Performance of the Year honor as well.
“I am so grateful and honored to receive these awards, and also to have had the opportunity again to represent the United States at the Olympic Games on another tremendous National Team,” Ledecky said. “I want to thank my family and local community, my NCAP and Team USA teammates, coaches and staff, USA Swimming, Phillips 66 and everyone who continues to support Team USA and the sport of swimming,” Ledecky said. “Special thanks must go to my coach Bruce Gemmell and trainer Lee Sommers for their knowledge, dedication, and hard work in helping me become a better swimmer.”
A complete list of winners:
- Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Haley Anderson (Trojan Swim Club)
- Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Jordan Wilimovsky (Team Santa Monica)
- Glen S. Hummer Award: Catherine Vogt (Trojan Swim Club)
- Adolph Kiefer Safety Commendation Award: Jill White (Starfish Aquatics Institute)
- Trischa L. Zorn Award: Rebecca Meyers (North Baltimore Aquatic Club)
- James Raymond “Jimi” Flowers Disability Coach of the Year: Tom Hazelett (YMCA of Triangle Area)
- Outstanding Disability Service Award: Bill Keating (Cincinnati Marlins)
- Make a Splash Hero Award: Bob Crunstedt (Minnesota Swimming)
- Safe Sport Impact Award: Paul Stauder (Indiana Swimming)
- Diversity Inclusion Award: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (organization); Tommy Jackson (individual, City of Atlanta Dolphins)
- Kenneth J. Pettigrew Award: Bob Griffiths (Carrollwood Village Swim Team)
- ASCA Coach of the Year (Presented at the ASCA Convention): Dave Durden (Cal Aquatics)
- Developmental Coach of the Year: John Morse, Doug Wharam (Nashville Aquatic Club)
- Athletes’ Appreciation Award: John Morse (Wichita Swim Club)
- Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award: Katie Ledecky, 800m Freestyle, 2016 Olympic Games (Nation’s Capital Swim Club)
- USA Swimming Athlete of the Year: Katie Ledecky (Nation’s Capital Swim Club)
- USA Swimming Award: Travis T. Tygart, United States Anti-Doping Agency