Simone Manuel, Caeleb Dressel Announced as Finalists For 2019 Team USA Awards

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Simone Manuel is one of five finalists for Female Olympic Athlete of the Year award. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the 30 finalists for the 2019 Team USA Awards. Four swimmers were announced as finalists for four of the six awards: Female Olympic Athlete of the Year (Simone Manuel), Male Olympic Athlete of the Year (Caeleb Dressel), Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year (Leanne Smith), and Male Paralympic Athlete of the Year (Robert Griswold).

The six award winners will be announced during the 2019 Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Year, held on Nov. 19 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. NBC will provide coverage of the awards show from 3-4 p.m. ET on Dec. 22.

Online fan voting at TeamUSA.org/Awards accounts for 50 percent of the final tally, while members of the Olympic and Paralympic community – including an esteemed panel of Olympic and Paralympic journalists – account for the other 50 percent.

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee helped contribute to this report.

Simone Manuel

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Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Simone Manuel captured the most medals by a woman at a single long course world championship with seven podium finishes, winning gold in the 50-meter freestyle and 100 freestyle – becoming the first American woman to win both events and setting an American record in the 100 freestyle in the process – and earning medals in all five relays in which she competed, with gold in the 4×100 mixed freestyle and 4×100 medley, and silver in the 4×100 freestyle, 4×200 freestyle and 4×100 mixed medley.

Caeleb Dressel

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Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

He earned eight medals – including six golds and two silvers – at the 2019 long course world championships, becoming the first swimmer in history to win eight medals at the event and earning Male Swimmer of the Meet after breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly; and led the U.S. men with nine medals – including six golds and three silvers – at the 2018 short course world championships, setting American records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.

Leanne Smith

In her world championship debut, Leanne Smith won three gold medals and set three Pan American records, after additionally earning three medals at the world series event in Glasgow, Scotland, and winning five national titles.

Robert Griswold

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Photo Courtesy: Linda Griswold

Robert Griswold took home four medals – including two golds and two silvers – at the 2019 world championships, highlighted by Pan American records in the SM8 200-meter individual medley and the S8 400 freestyle, in addition to setting a world record earlier in the year in the S8 50 backstroke.