17-year-old Regan Smith of Riptide was honored with the Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award on Saturday during the USA Swimming House of Delegates meeting at the 2019 United States Aquatic Sports Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Smith earned the award for her World Record-breaking performance in 200-meter backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Having lowered her own World Junior Record in heats of the women’s 200 back in the morning with 2:06.01, Smith fired off a 2:03.35 in the semi-final to break Missy Franklin’s 2012 world mark by .71. Smith now holds the World Record, World Junior Record, American Record, and 17-18 NAG for Americans in the event.
Three awards were handed out in open water swimming on Saturday. Hayley Anderson (Trojan Swim Club) and Jordan Wilimovsky (Team Santa Monica) repeated their 2018 honors of Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year and Fran Crippen Memorial Open Water Male Swimmer of the Year, respectively. Sid Cassidy, Aquatic Director and head coach at Saint Andrew’s School, won the Open Water Achievement Award.
The Adolph Kiefer Safety Commendation Award went to Dr. Danny Mistry, a USA Swimming National Team Physician and Chair of the Concussion Task Force for USA Swimming. The recipient of the Kenneth J. Pettigrew Award, chosen by the Officials’ Committee, was Melissa Hellervik-Bing who served as the official chair for Florida Swimming, where she supervised the training and certification of more than 350 officials.
Robin Heller, head coach of SeaStars, won Disabled Swimming Service Award. Ron Aitken, head coach of Sandpipers of Nevada, was named Development Coach of the Year Award.
Chicago Park District was recognized with the Diversion, Equity and Inclusion Award. Claire Letendre earned the Van Donkersgoed Athlete Distinguished Service Award. John Ingram of the Colorado Springs Police Department won the Safe Sport Impact Award. And Travis Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, took home the Athletes’ Appreciation Award.
Complete List of Award Winners:
- Phillips 66 Performance of the Year Award: Regan Smith
- Safe Sport Impact Award: John Ingram
- Open Water Achievement Award: Ron Aiken
- Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Haley Anderson
- Fran Crippen Memorial Open Water Male Swimmer of the Year: Jordan Wilimovsky
- Adolph Kiefer Safety Commendation Award: Dr. Danny Mistry
- Disabled Swimming Service Award: Robin Heller, head coach of SeaStars
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award: Chicago Park District
- Kenneth J. Pettigrew Award: Melissa Hellervik-Bing
- Development Coach of the Year Award: Ron Aitken, head coach of Sandpipers of Nevada
- Van Donkersgoed Athlete Distinguished Service Award: Claire Letendre
- Athletes’ Appreciation Award: Travis Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency