Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen Named Swimming World European Swimmers of the Year

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 30. TODAY, we are proud to announce the Swimming World European Swimmers of the Year. Italy's Federica Pellegrini clinched her third straight Female European Swimmer of the Year award, while Norway's Alexander Dale Oen became the first person from his country to win either the Male or Female award since its inception in 1980.

In the December issue, Swimming World features the longest-running and most prestigious award in the sport of swimming. Beginning in 1964 with Don Schollander being named the World Swimmer of the Year , and continuing with the addition of various Regional Swimmers of the Year in 1980, the award system honors the best of the best from each year's feats in the sport.

Here is how the Top 5 rankings worked out in the European region. We have included first-place votes for the first time as part of our voting structure:

FEMALE
1. Federica Pellegrini, ITA (18)
2. Rebecca Adlington, GBR (1)
3. Therese Alshammar, SWE
4. Lotte Friis, DEN
5. Aliaksandra Herasimenia, BLR
(Parenthesis indicates first-place votes)

MALE
1. Alexander Dale Oen, NOR (14)
2. Camille Lacourt, FRA (4)
3. Daniel Gyurta, HUN (1)
4. Jeremy Stravius, FRA
5. Paul Biedermann, GER/Liam Tancock, GBR
(Parenthesis indicates first-place votes)

Previous European Swimmers of the Year:
2010 Federica Pellegrini, ITA Camille Lacourt, FRA
2009 Federica Pellegrini, ITA Paul Biedermann, GER
2008 Rebecca Adlington, UK Alain Bernard, FRA
2007 Laure Manaudou, FRA Mateusz Sawrymowicz, POL
2006 Laure Manaudou, FRA Laszlo Cseh, HUN
2005 Otylia Jedrzejczak, POL Laszlo Cseh, HUN
2004 Yana Klochkova, UKR Pieter van den Hoogenband, NED
2003 Hannah Stockbauer, GER Alex Popov, RUS
2002 Franziska van Almsick, GER Pieter van den Hoogenband, NED
2001 Inge de Bruijn, NED Roman Sloudnov, RUS
2000 Inge de Bruijn, NED Pieter van den Hoogenband, NED
1999 Inge de Bruijn, NED Pieter van den Hoogenband, NED
1998 Agnes Kovacs, HUN Denis Silantiev, UKR
1997 Agnes Kovacs, HUN Emiliano Brembilla, ITA
1996 Michele Smith, IRL Denis Pankratov, RUS
1995 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Denis Pankratov, RUS
1994 Franziska van Almsick, GER Alex Popov, RUS
1993 Franziska van Almsick, GER Karoly Guttler, HUN
1992 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Egveni Sadovyi, URS
1991 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Tamas Darnyi, HUN
1990 Kristina Egerszegi, HUN Adrian Moorhouse, GBR
1989 Anke Mohring, GDR Giorgio Lamberti, ITA
1988 Kristin Otto, GDR Tamas Darnyi, HUN
1987 Silke Horner, GDR Tamas Darnyi, HUN
1986 Kristin Otto, GDR Michael Gross FRG
1985 Silke Horner, GDR Michael Gross, FRG
1984 Kristin Otto, GDR Michael Gross, FRG
1983 Ute Geweniger, GDR Michael Gross, FRG
1982 Cornelia Sirch, GDR Michael Gross, FRG
1981 Ute Geweniger, GDR Sandor Wladar, HUN
1980 Petra Schneider, GDR Vladimir Salnikov, URS

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December 2011 Issue
Contents of The December issue:
8 10 Best Performances of 2011 by John Lohn
12 World and Regional Swimmers of the Year by Jason Marsteller and Jeff Commings
20 Diving, Water Polo, Synchronized Swimming Award Winners
22 Defining Moments by Judy Jacob
The Pan-Am Games appear to be Brazil's Thiago Pereira's own personal playground, as he matched his records for most gold medals and overall medals that he had set four years ago.
28 Workout Card: Las Vegas Masters by Vic Hecker
30 Q&A with Coach Monty Hopkins by Michael J. Stott
32 How They Train: Josh Schneider by Michael J. Stott
33 Science of Performance: Off-season Training by G. John Mullen
The off-season is a good time to stay productive and help make yourself a better swimmer.
36 American Relay by Judy Jacob
37 TYR Age Group Swimmer of the Month
42 World & American Record Progressions by Jason Marsteller

DEPARTMENTS
6 A Voice for the Sport
24 Holiday Gift Guide
39 Calendar
41 For the Record
46 Parting Shot
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