Sarah Sjostrom Wins Female Swimmer of the Meet Honors


Swedish sprint star Sarah Sjostrom was awarded FINA Female Swimmer of the Meet honors after her incredible performance at the World Championships in Budapest.

FINA has a points system in place for determining the swimmer of the meet, check it out below (all individual races):

  • 1st Place – 5 pts
  • 2nd Place – 3 pts
  • 3rd Place – 2 pts
  • 4th Place – 1 pt
  • +2 additional pts per individual world record

Sjostrom compiled a total of three gold medals and one silver individually, earning her 18 points. With two individual world records, she finishes with 22 points.

The 23-year-old won gold in the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 fly, and set world records in the 100 free (51.71) and 50 free (23.67). Despite the 100 free world record, done on the lead-off leg of the 400 free relay, she settled for silver in the individual race behind American Simone Manuel.

Katie Ledecky had three individual wins and a silver as well, earning her 18 points. However, she had no world records which pushed Sjostrom ahead.

Katinka Hosszu put up 15 points with a pair of wins in the IM events, as well as a silver in the 200 back and bronze in the 200 fly. Lilly King also put up 15 points, winning gold in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes, both in world record fashion. She also added a 4th in the 200 breast.

On the men’s side, Caeleb Dressel won with 16 points, winning three individual gold medals in the 50/100 free and 100 fly, and adding a 4th place finish in the 50 fly.

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Lennart van Haaften
5 years ago

Well deserved. Fun fact: Sjöström and Hosszu combined won as many gold medals as Mallory Comerford.

Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
5 years ago

Thanks for relaying that info!

Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
5 years ago

Haha yes that is true but all her medals came from relays

Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
5 years ago

Maybe swimming needs a pure relay championships like track and field. All this mixed stuff makes medal count inflated, and in the end maybe seem less valuable.

Reply to  Lennart van Haaften
5 years ago

They also won as many golds as Simone Manuel..who won individual medals as well.

5 years ago


5 years ago

Wasn’t this supposed to be Katinka’s award? Maybe Fina wasn’t paying enough money for her and Tusup to focus on it?

5 years ago

Deserved win, Amazing swimmer!

5 years ago


About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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