GARDEN GROVE, California, September 14. DURING the United States Aquatic Sports awards last night in Garden Grove, Nation’s Capital’s Katie Ledecky claimed the Phillips 66 Performance Award with her epic world-record swim in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle at the World Championships.
This is the second straight year Ledecky has captured the award after taking home the hardware in the 800-meter freestyle with her Olympic championship performance.
Ledecky powered home with a blistering pace to cut six seconds from the women’s 1500-meter freestyle with a 15:36.53 in Barcelona. She wasn’t alone, however, as Denmark’s Lotte Friis stayed with Ledecky until the final moments of the race with a second-place 15:38.88. The two obliterated the world record of 15:42.54 previously held by Kate Ziegler.
Plenty of other awards also were given out last night:
Developmental Coach of the Year: David Marsh
Athletes’ Appreciation Award: Cathy Durance
Ken Pettigrew Award (Officials): Ed Ruth
Diversity Inclusion Award: Maritza Correia
Trischa L. Zorn (Paralympic): Ian Silverman
Jimi Flowers Disability Coach: Brian Loefler
Outstanding Service (Disability): Mark Rieniets
Adolph Kiefer Safety Commendation: Andrew Appleby
Female Open Water Swimmer: Haley Anderson
Glen S. Hummer Award: Catherine Vogt
Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer: Alex Meyer