NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic champion Nathan Adrian of Bremerton and the 4×100 freestyle
relay team won the Relay Performance of the Year at the annual USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards Monday.
Adrian anchored the U.S. to wins in the 4×100 free and the 4×100 medley relay and won bronze in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events.
Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky both earned Athlete of the Year honors for the third consecutive year.
Phelps won six medals this summer, including five gold, and took the male Athlete of the Year award for the seventh time overall. Phelps also won Race of the Year for his 200-meter butterfly win at the Rio Olympics and was a member of both winning relays. He was also the fifth recipient of USA Swimming’s IMPACT Award, a lifetime achievement honor for contributions to the sport.
Ledecky won female Athlete of the Year for a record fourth consecutive year. Ledecky won four golds at Rio, joining Debbie Meyer as the only women to win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events at the same Olympics.
Simone Manuel won female Race of the Year for her gold in the 100 freestyle in Rio, when she set an American and Olympic record at 52.70 seconds.
2016 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Award Winners:
- Female Athlete of the Year: Katie Ledecky
- Male Athlete of the Year: Michael Phelps
- Female Race of the Year: Simone Manuel, Women’s 100m Freestyle (2016 Olympic Games)
- Male Race of the Year: Michael Phelps, Men’s 200m Butterfly (2016 Olympic Games)
- Relay Performance of the Year: Men’s 4x100m Free Relay (2016 Olympic Games): Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian
- Breakout Performer of the Year: Lilly King
- Perseverance Award: Anthony Ervin
- IMPACT Award: Michael Phelps
- Team Leadership & Inspiration Award: Elizabeth Beisel
Also, here’s a link to a video by swimswam of Nathan speaking on the red carpet.