Kate Douglass, Jordan Crooks, Aria Fischer Sullivan Award Semifinalists

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Kate Douglass, Jordan Crooks, Aria Fischer Sullivan Award Semifinalists

Kate Douglass led three aquatic athletes among the 24 semifinalists for the 93rd annual James E. Sullivan Award, presented by the AAU.

The University of Virginia’s Douglass joins Tennessee swimmer Jordan Crooks and Stanford water polo Aria Fischer in the class of 24 semifinalists.

Voting is open via the AAU’s website through July 19. The award will be presented on September 19 at the New York Athletic Club. The Sullivan Award recognizes the most outstanding (formerly “amateur”) athlete at the collegiate or Olympic level in the United States. It emphasizes excellence on the field but also “the qualities of leadership, citizenship, character and sportsmanship on and off the field.”

Douglass went a perfect seven-for-seven at the NCAA Championships as a senior. She won the 200 individual medley, the 100 butterfly and 200 breaststroke, all in American, NCAA And U.S. Open Records. She won the Honda Sport Award for swimming and diving in 2022-23. She’ll represent the United States at the World Aquatics Championships this month in Fukuoka, Japan.

Crooks will also be there for the Cayman Islands. The rising junior won a national championship in the men’s 50 freestyle and was named a seven-time All-American. He added seven SEC medals, including four golds.

Fischer won the Cutino Award last month as the top women’s water polo player in the nation. She led the Cardinal to the NCAA championship in the spring for the third time to finish out her career. She was the MVP of the NCAA tournament and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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