PHOENIX, Arizona, November 21. MISSY Franklin and Ryan Lochte dominated the USA Swimming Golden Goggles Awards, with Franklin winning three awards and Lochte taking two.
Franklin, the 16-year-old from Colorado, won Female Athlete of the Year, as well as Female Race of the Year for her gold medal swim in the 200 back at the world championships and Relay Performance of the Year for the women’s 400 medley relay at worlds.
Lochte won Male Athlete of the year over Michael Phelps, and was picked for Male Race of the Year for the men’s 200 IM in which he set a world record.
Other award winners included Peter Vanderkaay for the Perserverance Award, Alex Meyer for the Breakout Performer Award and Gregg Troy for coach of the year. The voting was done by a panel and online fan votes.
All over the country college swimming fans were treated to some fast swimming at a few invitational meets. Breeja Larson of Texas A&M showed that she’s the person to beat in both breaststrokes next March at the NCAAs by winning the 200 breast at the Tennessee Invite with a 2:07.06. It’s less than a second slower than her lifetime best from last March’s NCAAs and makes her two seconds ahead of the next-fastest swimmer in the country right now.
Amanda Kendall, the LSU junior, posted the fastest 100 free in the country with a 48.19 at the Tennessee Invite, just two tenths faster than reigning NCAA champion Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace swam against Georgia a week ago.
On the West Coast at the Arena Invite, Julia Smit used a great backstroke leg to beat Cal junior Caitlin Leverenz in the 400 IM on Friday with a fast 4:02.01. Leverenz was second in 4:05.67, just two hundredths of a second off the NCAA automatic qualifying time. Leverenz had no problem winning the 200 breast on Saturday with an automatic qualifying time of 2:09.23, which puts her second in the country.
Smit wasn’t the only postgrad putting up some fast times at the Arena Invite. Dana Vollmer won the 100 fly with a 50.44, just four tenths off Natalie Coughlin’s nine-year-old American record. Vollmer didn’t swim on Sunday, as she was in Los Angeles attending the Golden Goggles.
On the men’s side, David Nolan was undefeated in all of his races. In addition to winning the 200 IM on Thursday, the Stanford freshman won the 100 fly with a 47.04 and the 200 back in 1:42.05 by one-hundredth of a second over teammate Matt Swanston. Bobby Bollier had a great 200 fly on Saturday, swimming the fastest time in the nation with a 1:43.47.
Stephanie Peacock became the swimmer to watch in the women’s 500 freestyle, as she swam a 4:35.73 at the Nike Cup at her home pool at the University of North Carolina. Peacock, just a sophomore and coming off a bronze medal in the 400 free at the World University Games, is now the fastest in the nation in the event, and with last March’s champion Allison Schmitt sitting out this year, that race is wide open.
If you missed any of the recaps from all the college meets taking place, you can find them on our college channel at swimmingworld.com.
The Olympic Games are less than nine months away, and British athletes are in danger of not being allowed to compete in their home Olympics. The media in Britain is abuzz over the news that the British Olympic Association is not changing their policies regarding punishment for positive drug test to fall in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency. As such, WADA has declared that British athletes could be barred from competing in London, simply because the British Olympic Association continues to uphold its policy that anyone who tests positive will be barred from the Olympic for life. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled than no one can be punished for a positive drug test beyond the initial ban, and the BOA’s policy goes against that. The BOA’s next step, quite ironically, is an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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