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
Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky both
earned Athlete of the Year honors for the third consecutive
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
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
Breakout Performer of the Year: Lilly King
Perseverance Award: Anthony Ervin
IMPACT Award: Michael Phelps
Team Leadership & Inspiration Award: Elizabeth Beisel
Bremerton’s Olympic champion Nathan Adrian was nominated for
three Golden Goggles, USA Swimming’s equivalent of the Oscars, on
Adrian, who came away from the Rio Games with four medals, two
golds and two bronze, was nominated for male athlete of the year
along with Michael Phelps, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Murphy.
Adrian was also nominated in the relay performance of the year
category for the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay. He helped
Team USA to gold in both those events and individually earned
bronze in the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle.
The Golden Goggles, which act as a fundraising gala for the USA
Swimmng Foundation which Adrian is an ambassador, is scheduled for
Nov. 21 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
Here is the full press release from USA Swimming, including the
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After adding to
his record-setting career total with six medals, including five
gold, at the 2016 Olympic Games, Michael
Phelps (Baltimore, Md./North Baltimore Aquatic Club)
leads the way with five nominations for the 2016 USA Swimming
Golden Goggle Awards, set for Monday, Nov. 21, at the Marriott
Marquis in New York City.
The nation’s top swimmers and coaches are nominated in eight
categories for the 13th Annual Golden Goggle
Awards, the celebration and fundraising gala honoring the sport’s
top performances of the year. This year’s event, emceed by NBC
Sports’ Bob Costas, will once again mix
swimming stars with celebrities, business leaders and entertainment
icons in Times Square.
Full event details, including table and seat purchasing
opportunities, can be found at GoldenGoggles.com.
Phelps’ five nominations include Male Athlete of the Year, Male
Race of the Year for the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter
individual medley at the Olympic Games and Relay Performance of the
Year for the men’s 4x100m free relay and 4x100m medley relay in
Rio. Phelps is a six-time winner of Male Athlete of the Year
honors, including each of the last two years.
Earning three Golden Goggle nominations each
were Maya DiRado (Santa Rosa,
Calif./Stanford Swimming), Anthony
Ervin (Valencia, Calif./SwimMAC
Carolina), Katie Ledecky (Bethesda,
Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club) and Ryan
Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics).
Ledecky is nominated for Female Athlete of the Year, Female Race
of the Year for the 800m free in Rio and Relay Performance of the
Year for the 4x200m free relay at the Olympic Games. She will look
to become the first athlete – male or female – to win Golden
Goggles’ Athlete of the Year honors in four consecutive years.
Golden Goggle Award nominations are based on the year’s top
accomplishments by U.S. swimmers, focusing primarily on the 2016
Olympic Games. The Americans topped the medal table in Rio de
Janeiro with 33 total medals, including 16 gold. The complete list
of 2016 Golden Goggle Award nominees by category is below.
Online fan voting is now open and will continue through
Friday, Nov. 11. A percentage of the fan vote will count towards
the final ballot. Beginning later this week USA Swimming will
highlight Golden Goggle Awards categories weekly on usaswimming.org and
across its social media channels in the lead-up to the Nov. 21
Proceeds from the Golden Goggle Awards benefit the USA Swimming Foundation, which
has the mission 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 aim to establish an
endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and
services. The Foundation also serves as the home for our National
and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was selected by his Olympic peers on
Tuesday as one of six captains to head Team USA as they prepare for
the Rio Games in a matter of weeks.
Adrian was selected as a captain along with Michael Phelps and
Anthony Ervin for the men’s team. On the women’s side, captains are
Cammile Adams, Elizabeth Beisel and Allison Schmitt. The team is
training in San Antonio this week before heading to Atlanta
for more training and then to Brazil.
Adrian is not the first Bremerton swimmer to be named a team
captain. That honor goes to Tara Kirk Sell who was named for the
women’s team for the 2004 Athens Games.
Hold onto your hats, or swim caps as the case may be, Nathan
Adrian fans … trials are less than a week away and momentum is
The hype is likely going to be on overload when ESPN The
Magazine’s The Body Issue hits newsstands July 8. Not only will
Nathan’s — Bremerton’s favorite swimming son — fate be assured
for the Rio Olympics by then, his introduction to the rest of the
country (and world) will be peaking. Nathan joins the
ranks of fellow Olympic champions Michael Phelps and Natalie
Coughlin to be featured in the tastefully-positioned nude
Don’t forget. Nathan isn’t new to ESPN. He joined fellow
Olympian Jessica Hardy in a great video entitled “The Opaque” a few years ago.
Nathan is also a Tommy
Hilfiger spokesmodel and recently donned a cardigan and
black-rimmed eyeglasses for a pre-Olympics photo shoot.
Amidst all the distractions away from the pool, Nathan
has still managed to post some of the best times leading up to
the swim trials. He is the top seed in the 100 and 50 meter
freestyle events, and barring a MAJOR upset, should be earmarked to
anchor both relays in Rio.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The first day of the Arena Pro Swim Series
went as expected with Olympians Michael Phelps, Katie Ladecky and
Conor Dwyer winning the featured events.
Phelps ran down Tom Shields in the final 50 meters and held on
at the wall to win the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 52.28.
Shields was just behind at 52.35
Ladecky easily beat a field packed with Olympians in the
200-meter freestyle. The 19-year-old from Capital Swim Club in
Washington D.C., swam a 1:55.73 to beat fellow Olympians Missy
Franklin, who swam 1:57.67 and Allison Schmitt, who was third at
Dwyer was swimming competitively for the first time in two
months. He jumped ahead of Dion Dreesens on the final turn and
coasted home to win the men’s 200-meter freestyle with a time of
1:46.96. Dressens was second at 1:48.17.
Bremerton’s multi-gold medalist Nathan Adrian is one of several
Team USA headliners swimming at the Arena Pro Swim series in
Orlando, Florida, beginning Thursday at the YMCA Aquatic
The long-course meet continues through Saturday.
Adrian is the top seed in Friday’s loaded 50-meter freestyle
that includes Brazil’s Bruno Fratus and Cesar Cielo, current
American short-course recordholder Caeleb Dressell and Josh
Schneider, among others.
Adrian is seeded second behind Michael Phelps in the 100 free,
which is Saturday.
The meet will be webcast in its entirety at usaswimming.org. Preliminaries begin at 6 a.m.
local with finals at 3 p.m. TV coverage will air on same-day delay
Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. on Universal HD and Saturday from 4:30-6
p.m. on NBC Sports Network.
The swim series is in its third of seven stops. Adrian leads the
men’s standings, followed by Phelps and Conor Dwyer. Swimmers are
awarded points in each individual Olympic event throughout the
series, five points for first, three for second and one point for
third place. The overall winners of the series earn a $10,000
bonus. Individual winners at each meet are awarded $1,000,
$600 for second place and $200 for third.
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton won his sixth 50-meter freestyle
national title on Thursday at the King County Aquatic Center in
On the first night of the U.S. Winter Nationals, Adrian was just
one of several Olympic champions who competed. Michael Phelps,
Allison Schmitt, Conor Dwyer and Maya DiRado all pocketed gold
You can check out what Phelps had to say about his race
from the press conference here. He and coach Bob Bowman ate every
lunch and dinner at Mitzel’s Restaurant in Kent when they were here
15 years ago.
“Bob and I pretty much had the same meal everyday,” he said. “It
was meatloaf, green beans, carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy and a
bowl of clam chowder. Had the same thing yesterday (Wednesday).
It’s still just the same, it’s just as good.
“I was talking to some of the waitresses there and they were
saying that it’s the last one. They expanded and came down to their
last one and they went back to their roots of real, genuine
home-cooking. That’s what I remembered most from going there and it
was literally exactly the same meal that I had 15 years ago. It was
very, very good. And then desserts are amazing.”
The pool holds a special place in Phelps’ heart as this is where
his life changed when he broke 2 minutes in the 200 fly and his
legacy as the greatest swimmer of all time was sealed. Six months
after that, he made his first Olympic team.
“Bob and I relived some memories by going to Mitzel’s,” he said.
“It was kind of here where it started. That’s when everything kind
of took off … I’ve enjoyed this pool.”
It’s been a long time since Nathan Adrian of Bremerton has
delighted his hometown fans by competing locally, but his
appearance at the U.S. Winter Nationals Dec. 3-5 will end that
drought. It’s the first time the Olympic champion will race in
Washington since December of 2009 when he swam at
the short-course nationals at the King County Aquatic Center in the
50 and 100-yard freestyle events, winning both.
Adrian is scheduled to swim the 50 free on Thursday and the 100
free on Saturday.
Adrian is just one of the USA Swimming headliners to compete
next week. Michael Phelps, Natalie Coughlin, Anthony Ervin, Matt
Grevers, Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin are also scheduled to
compete. In total, more than 40 national team members are among the
nearly 700 swimmers slated to swim.
Tickets are on sale now for the three-day
event, which includes preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
All-session adult passes are $60 with single day and single-session
A live webcast of the entire meet will be available at
usaswimming.org and NBC will tape-delay the nationals on NBC
Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10-11 a.m.