GOLDEN GOOGLE NOMINEES ANNOUNCED BY USA SWIMMING
Following standout performances throughout 2019, including the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, the United States’ top swimmers will be honored at USA Swimming’s 16th annual Golden Goggle Awards, slated for Sunday, November 24 at the JW Marriott at LA Live in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Goggle nominees were announced.
Leading a decorated group of nominees is Olympic and world champion Caeleb Dressel (Green Cove Springs, Fla./Bolles School Sharks/Florida) with five individual nominations following an outstanding 2019 FINA World Championships. Fellow Olympic and world champion Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, M.d./Stanford Swimming/Alto Swim Club) and world champion Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swim Team) are tied for the most individual female nominations at three.
Full nominee bios and event details can be found at here.
The United States’ top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight categories for the 16th annual Golden Goggle Awards. This year’s event will allow swimming stars and attendees to mingle with celebrities, outstanding athletes, business leaders and entertainment icons under the bright lights of LA Live, right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Dressel’s five individual nominations include four of the five nods for Male Race of the Year, highlighting his dominating performances in the 50-meter freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 100m butterfly (semifinal) at the World Championships. He is also the lone nominee for Male Athlete of the Year. Dressel was the first swimmer in history to win eight world championships medals, while his six gold medals tied for the third-most by a male swimmer at a single world championships competition since 1973. He was also a member of the Mixed and Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay teams earning Relay Performance of the Year nominations.
Ledecky and Smith are nominated for Female Athlete of the Year and Female Race of the Year. Ledecky also earned a nomination for the Perseverance Award, while Smith, at just 17 years old, earned a nomination for Breakout Performer of the Year.
Golden Goggle Awards nominations are based on the year’s top accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2019 FINA World Championships, where Americans topped the medal table in Gwangju with 30 total medals (14 gold, nine silver and seven bronze) across pool and open water competition. The complete list of 2019 Golden Goggle Awards nominees by category is below.
Online fan voting is now open and will continue through Friday, Nov. 15. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards the final ballot.
Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, whose mission is to save lives and build champions – in the pool and in life. In addition to its Make a Splash initiative, a national, child-focused water safety campaign that stresses the importance of learning to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation supports the U.S. National Team and its development efforts aimed at strengthening the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services.
2019 Golden Goggle Nominees
Breakout Performer of the Year
Coach of the Year
- Jack Bauerle
- Ray Looze
- Greg Meehan
- Mike Parratto
- Gregg Troy
Relay Performance of the Year
- Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (2019 FINA World Championships)
Female Race of the Year
- Simone Manuel – 100m Freestyle (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Katie Ledecky – 800m Freestyle (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Olivia Smoliga – 50m Backstroke (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Regan Smith – 200m Backstroke semifinals (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Lilly King – 100m Breaststroke (2019 FINA World Championships)
Male Race of the Year
- Caeleb Dressel – 50m Freestyle (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Caeleb Dressel – 100m Freestyle (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Caeleb Dressel – 50m Butterfly (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Caeleb Dressel – 100m Butterfly semifinals (2019 FINA World Championships)
- Jay Litherland – 400m IM (2019 FINA World
Female Athlete of the Year
- Lilly King
- Katie Ledecky
- Simone Manuel
- Regan Smith
Male Athlete of the Year
- Caeleb Dressel