SwimSwam’s Official 2018 Swammy Award Index

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2018 Swammy Awards

This month, we’re recounting the top performers and performances of the year 2018. Keep track of all of our Swammy Award winners here, with links out to full Swammy Award stories and honorable mentions.

Award Winner
Top 10 Swims of the Year Asian Games Medley Relay
Male Swimmer of the Year Kliment Kolesnikov
Female Swimmer of the Year Katie Ledecky
Male US Swimmer of the Year Ryan Murphy
Female US Swimmer of the Year Katie Ledecky
Male Asia Swimmer of the Year Daiya Seto
Female Asia Swimmer of the Year Rikako Ikee
Male Europe Swimmer of the Year Kliment Kolesnikov
Female Europe Swimmer of the Year Sarah Sjostrom
Male Oceania Swimmer of the Year Kyle Chalmers
Female Oceania Swimmer of the Year Ariarne Titmus
Male South America Swimmer of the Year Nicholas Santos
Female South America Swimmer of the Year Julia Sebastian
Male Africa Swimmer of the Year Chad le Clos
Female Africa Swimmer of the Year Tatjana Schoenmaker
Male Central America/Carribean Swimmer of the Year Dylan Carter
Female Central America/Carribean Swimmer of the Year Alia Atkinson
Male Canadian Swimmer of the Year Markus Thormeyer
Female Canadian Swimmer of the Year Taylor Ruck
Male Breakout Swimmer of the Year James Wilby
Female Breakout Swimmer of the Year Wang Jianjiahe
Male World Junior Swimmer of the Year Kliment Kolesnikov
Female World Junior Swimmer of the Year Taylor Ruck
Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year
Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year
International Coaches of Year
U.S. Dave Durden
Oceania Dean Boxall
Canada Ben Titley
Asia Norimasa Hirai / Takayuki Umehara
Africa Rocco Meiring
Britain Steven Tigg
Europe Energy Standard Club
NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year Caeleb Dressel
NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year Ella Eastin
NCAA Men’s Coach of the Year Ray Looze
NCAA Women’s Coach of the Year Greg Meehan
Viral Video of the Year Year of the Vlog
High School Team of Year Fossil Ridge Girls
Age Group Swimmers of the Year – 10&Under Alexis Mesina and Timothy Lee
Age Group Swimmers of the Year – 11-12 Leah Hayes and Dean Jones
Age Group Swimmers of the Year – 13-14 Charlotte Hook and Tona Zinn
Age Group Swimmers of the Year – 15-16 Regan Smith and Gianluca Urlando
Age Group Swimmers of the Year – 17-18 Erica Sullivan and Drew Kibler
Heart of a Champion Maarten van der Weijden
National Development Award Italy

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Dee
2 years ago

Didn’t realise Taylor Ruck was still a junior; Euro juniors being out of line always throws me – She wouldn’t have been eligible for Euro Juniors this past summer.

Usaswimswammer
2 years ago

John Shebat for comeback of the year

Rafael
2 years ago

Male Jr for kolesnikov
Breakout tough one, urlando Scheffer winnigton correa
Race of the year 800 free relay or proud wr?

Anonymoose
Reply to  Rafael
2 years ago

Proud wr? What do you mean?

Rafael
Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

Textile wr 21,11 50 free

John26
2 years ago

We should do top 25 swimmers like Tom Wildridge used to do!

Dee
2 years ago

Male breakout is James Wilby for me;

– 5 Individual breaststroke medals (3 commomwealths, 2 Euros)
– 3rd fastest ‘textile’ 100br of all time
– Only Peaty & Chupkov finished ahead of him over the Olympic distances in championship races

Simona Quadarella for female breakout:

– Sweep of golds at Europeans 400/800/1500
– 800/1500 times put her right in the international medal mix

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

I don’t think quadarella will win female breakout, she won the bronze in the 1500 in Budapest. She was excellent this year but she’s already proved that she’s a medal contender.

danke
Reply to  Dee
2 years ago

Florian Wellbrock is my choice. From no name directly to European Champion and world no.1 in 1500 free. You don’t see this kind of breakout often in distance events.

Rafael
Reply to  danke
2 years ago

Romanchuck last year was as amazing

Dee
Reply to  danke
2 years ago

Wellbrock was my 2nd choice. My reasons for putting Wilby ahead were:

– Bigger % improvement on previous best times
– Won more medals
– Higher in all time lists for his respective ‘best event’

Verram
2 years ago

Just curious that Canada gets a special category but Australia gets lumped with “Oceania”

Bob
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

My guess is that they wanted to give out American swimmer of the year which would ruin a North American category so it was necessary to give Canada their own.

Verram
Reply to  Bob
2 years ago

Good point but I think USA would have dominated a North America category anyway especially in the men’s side ..

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

Even on the women’s side though, USA still would have dominated the North American category. Canada’s best female swimmers from the last three years, Ruck, Masse and Oleksiak would have all been beaten by ledecky because she had huge success over multiple events.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Verram
2 years ago

The biggest oceanic countries are australia and new zealand. From memory New Zealand’s most recent swimmer who medaled internationally was Lauren Boyle, who retired last year, so Oceania effectively is just Australia.

Swimmergirlnz
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
2 years ago

Lewis clareburt medaled at comm games this year but doesn’t deserve the award over Chalmers

tea rex
2 years ago

I’d like to see:

1. Para swimmer of the year

2. Masters swimmer of the year

3. Top 10 swimmers retiring this year

4. Best Katie Ledecky of the year

Siphiwe Baleka
2 years ago

Masters swimmer of the year? Come on SwimSwam! Don’t ignore the National and world record-setters of 2018

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