LEN Announces Its 2015 Aquatic Award Winners

The Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) has announced the winners of the 2015 LEN Awards, special recognition given to the best performers within the sports of swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming and open water swimming.

The country of Hungary ran away with the men’s and women’s swimming LEN honors in the form of world champions Laszlo Cseh and Katinka Hosszu.  

At 30-years old, Cseh had one of the most memorable years of his career, winning the men’s 200 butterfly title in Kazan to become the first male swimmer to medal at 7 distinct World Championships. With his collection of butterfly medals across the 50m, 100m and 200m events, Cseh also made history in Kazan by becoming the first swimmer to claim medals in all three distances in the same stroke aside from freestyle.

Cseh also made a major impact at the European Short Course Championships in Netanya, Israel, where the Magyar scored an additional three gold medals, registering two European Records in the process.

For her part, Hosszu concluded another monster season of racing which included two individual World Championships titles.  Hosszu topped the podium in Kazan in both of the IM events, scoring her first long course World Record in the 200m IM event.

At the European Short Course Championships Hosszu brought home an incredible 6 gold medals and 1 silver, representing the best ever individual showing in the history of that meet.  Hosszu also passed her 200th World Cup medal en route to winning the overall 2015 World Cup, her 5th consecutive title.

Fan favorite diver, Tom Daley, earned top recognition in his discipline, having taken the gold in the team event and 3rd in the individual platform competition at this year’s World Championships. Russia’s Svetlana Romashina scored her 2nd top synchro LEN award of her career, this time on an individual level, whereas she earned a duet recognition previously.

Voting tallies for each sporting discipline are below.
LEN Awards 2015



Laszlo Cseh (HUN) 31.9%
Adam Peaty (GBR) 25.5%
Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 23.4%
Florent Manaudou (FRA)        12.8%
Marco Koch (GER) 6.4%


Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 66.0%
Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 21.3%
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 8.5%
Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 4.2%




Tom Daley (GBR)        42.2%
Jack Laugher (GBR) 24.4%
Evgeny Kuznetsov (RUS) 13.3%
Ilya Zakharov (RUS) 11.2%
Matthieu Rosset (FRA)   8.9%


Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 80.0%
Yulia Prokopchuk (RUS)   8.9%
Rebecca Gallantree (GBR) 4.4%
Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS)         4.4%
Tina Punzel (GER) 2.3%


Svetlana Romashina (RUS) 50.0%
Ona Carbonell (ESP) 25.0%
Natalia Ishchenko (RUS)        25.0%

Open water swimming


Ferry Weertman (NED) 28.3%
Simone Ruffini (ITA) 26.1%
Christian Reichert (GER) 19.6%
Matteo Furlan (ITA) 13.0%
Rob Muffels (GER) 13.0%


Aurelie Muller (FRA) 40.9%
Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED)     25.0%
Rachele Bruni (ITA) 18.2%
Anna Olasz (HUN) 9.1%
Isabelle Harle (GER) 6.8%

Water polo


Dusko Pijetlovic (SRB) 72.8%
Ioannis Fountoulis (GRE) 9.1%
Andrija Prlainovic (SRB) 9.1%
Maro Jokovic (CRO) 4.5%
Josip Pavic (CRO) 4.5%


Roberta Bianconi (ITA) 31.8%
Maud Megens (NED) 29.5%
Rita Keszthelyi (HUN) 20.5%
Catharina vd Sloot (NED) 13.7%
Gulia Gorlero (ITA) 4.5%

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